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24-06-2015

Remarks by Commissioner Jourová after the launch of the Data protection regulation trilogue

Data protection
European Commission - Statement Brussels, 24 June 2015 Ladies and Gentlemen, Today we send a strong message to tomorrow's European Council meeting on the Digital Single Market: We are on track to adopt the data protection reform in 2015.
24-06-2015

Data protection Eurobarometer out today

Data protection
18-06-2015

New report on women, men and pensionspdf Choose translations of the previous link 

Gender equality

According to the report, the gender pension gap in the EU remains very wide, with women receiving pensions that are on average 40% lower than men's. The gender pension gap varies greatly from country to country, ranging from a 4% to 46% difference in pensions between men and women.

 

18-06-2015

Commission dedicates more funding to Roma integration

Tackling discrimination
European - Press release Commission Brussels, 18 June 2015 Member States continue to make progress in Roma integration, but further efforts are necessary. This is the conclusion of an annual Commission report adopted today.
03-06-2015

European Forum on the rights of the child, Brussels, 3-4 June 2015

Fundamental rights

The 9th European Forum on the rights of the child aimed to foster the exchange of good practices, to facilitate connections at inter-sectoral and inter-agency level (both nationally and transnationally), and to promote more effective cooperation and coordination in integrated child protection systems.  It built on the discussions of the 8th Forum in 2013.

28-05-2015

EU Council backs new EU rules giving more protection to over 120 million holidaymakers

Consumer policy
European Commission - Press release Brussels, 28 May 2015 Today, Ministers in the Competitiveness Council reached a political agreement on new rules that will bring protection for package holidays up to speed with the digital age.
21-05-2015

Diversity Charter Newsletter - Issue 1

Tackling discrimination

Introduction to the EU Platform of Diversity Charters, Charter's updates and an article on the business case of diversity

12-05-2015

Know your rights! - Discrimination booklet published

Tackling discrimination
11-05-2015

New report on 'Combating Sexual Orientation Discrimination in the European Union'pdf(3 MB) Choose translations of the previous link 

Tackling discrimination

This report examines the existing legal frameworks prohibiting sexual orientation discrimination, at international as well as European and national levels. The particular focus of the report is on the relevant provisions of the Employment Equality Directive, the case-law of the Court of Justice of the EU and on the practical implementation at national level in all Member States.  The publication of this report is particularly timely in view of the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia on 17th May.

08-05-2015

Fundamental Rights Report published today

Fundamental rights
08-05-2015

European Commission reports on the 2014 European elections

EU citizenship and free movement
06-05-2015

Projects to support activities on non-discrimination and Roma integration – JUST/2014/RDIS/AG/DISC

Tackling discrimination

The deadline for this call for proposals is 7/7/2015 12:00 (noon) CET.

29-04-2015

Public consultation on gender equality

Gender equality
20-04-2015

Better protection for EU citizens travelling abroad

EU citizenship and free movement
23-03-2015

Keeping consumers safe - Results of the Rapid Alert System report 2014

Consumer policy

Commissioner Věra Jourová announced on March 23 2015 the results of the Rapid Alert System report 2014. Nearly 2500 products, ranging from toys to motor vehicles, were either stopped before they entered the EU or removed from markets because they were dangerous for EU consumers.

09-03-2015

The EU Justice Scoreboard: Towards more effective justice systems in the EU

Effective Justice

The 2015 EU Justice Scoreboard: supporting Member States to improve the effectiveness of their justice systems.

09-03-2015

The third edition of the EU Prize for Women Innovators has been launched

Gender equality

On the occasion of International Women's Day, the European Commission has launched the third edition of the EU Prize for Women Innovators to reward three women who have achieved outstanding innovations and brought them to market.

04-03-2015

New Eurobarometer results show that tackling gender inequality should be an EU priority

Gender equality

The Special Eurobarometer 428 on Gender Equality, conducted at the request of the Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers, suggests that three quarters of Europeans (76%) think that tackling inequality between men and women should be an EU priority. Europeans are most likely to say that “violence against women” is the gender inequality issue that should be dealt with the most urgently, followed by “women being paid less than men for the same work”.

04-03-2015

New annual report on equality between women and men now publishedpdf Choose translations of the previous link 

Gender equality

The new annual report on equality between women and men, published today, presents the most recent developments and key EU actions on gender equality.

19-01-2015

Understanding occupational gender segregation in European labour marketspdf Choose translations of the previous link 

Gender equality

Did you know that only 16% of employed people work in mixed occupations? By using new investigating methods, this report shows the prevalence of gender segregation by occupation and its consequences on working conditions and wages.

22-12-2014

In-app purchases: European Commission and Member States welcome new proposals from main industry players

Consumer policy
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12-12-2014

Statement by Commissioner Věra Jourová following the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council

Gender equality
European Commission - Statement Statement Statement Brussels, 12 December 2014 The fight against discrimination is a key priority for the Juncker Commission and it is my mission to unblock the negotiations on the Equal Treatment Directive.
26-11-2014

European Commission publishes study on "Statistical data on Women entrepreneurs in Europe"

Gender equality

The Commission has published a study on "statistical data on women entrepreneurs in Europe". Data shows that women entrepreneurs constitute 29% of entrepreneurs (11.6 million) in Europe. Since 2008 there has been a 3%increase of women entrepreneurs in the EU.

17-11-2014

Exchange of good practice seminar on the role of men in gender equality: papers now published

Gender equality

In October 2014, Finland hosted a seminar to discuss the role of men in gender equality. Austria and Iceland joined the seminar as associated countries and presented their policies on supporting paternity and parental leave. A total of 15 countries participated in the seminar and produced discussion and comments papers, which are now available online.

10-11-2014

Beijing+20 Regional Review Meeting

Gender equality

On 6-7 November 2014, the Beijing+20 Regional Review Meeting was held in Geneva. The meeting, which was organised by the UN Economic Commission for Europe, addressed the 'unfinished business of gender equality'.

10-11-2014

FRA publishes EU-wide survey results on violence against women in 22 languages

Gender equality

The Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) has published summary results of its EU-wide survey on women's experiences of violence in 22 EU languages.

22-10-2014

Watch live - 2014 EU Presidency Conference on the Beijing Platform for Action: gender equality in Europe

Gender equality

If you want to follow the next steps in the discussion on gender equality policies post-2015, please watch the discussion at the Italian Presidency conference co-financed by the European Commission. Relevant stakeholders, including EU gender equality ministers, EU institutions, policy makers, NGOs, social partners, experts from the 28 EU Member States, and UN-Women, will discuss achievements of and future challenges for the promotion of gender equality in the EU and on a global level.

10-10-2014

Exchange of good practice seminar on encouraging female entrepreneurship: papers now published

Gender equality

On 11-12 September 2014 the UK hosted a seminar on encouraging female entrepreneurship. A total of 13 countries participated in the meeting, all of which have produced discussion and comment papers. These papers are now available online.

18-07-2014

Eurostat publishes a new synthetic indicator on total earning gaps

Gender equality

The gender total earnings gap was 37.1 % in the EU-27 in 2010. This gap reflects three major sources of differences between the average earnings of women versus men: the gender pay gap, the gap in number of hours in paid work, and the gender gap in employment.

10-07-2014

July infringements package: main decisions

Consumer policy
European Commission MEMO Brussels, 10 July 2014 July July In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission is pursuing legal action against Member States for failing to comply properly with their obligations under EU law.
08-07-2014

Exchange of good practice seminar on gender impact assessment: papers now published

Gender equality

On 3-4 June 2014 Austria hosted a seminar on gender impact assessment. A total of 17 countries participated in the meeting, all of which have produced discussion and comment papers. These papers are now available online.

25-06-2014

Factsheet: EU-US Negotiations on Data Protectionpdf(937 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

Data protection

Since 29 March 2011, the European Union has been negotiating with the United States government an international framework agreement (so-called ‘Data Protection Umbrella Agreement’) in order to protect personal data transferred between the EU and the U.S. for law enforcement purposes. This includes cases in which personal data is sent from the EU to the U.S. for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of criminal offences, including terrorism. This factsheet takes stock of the ongoing negotiations.

20-06-2014

Council adopts Conclusions on women and the economypdf

Gender equality

On 19 June 2014 the Council of the European Union adopted conclusions on "Women and the economy: economic independence from the perspective of part-time work and self-employment". The conclusions outline a new set of indicators to measure progress towards equal economic participation, including indicators on part-time and self-employment.

17-06-2014

Council adopts Conclusions on combating violence against women and girlspdf(137 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

Gender equality

On 5 and 6 June 2014 the Council of the European Union adopted conclusions on preventing and combating all forms of violence against women and girls, including female genital mutilation.

15-05-2014

Justice for growth: cross-border debt recovery and Europe-wide patent protection are now a reality for EU citizens

Civil Justice
European Commission MEMO Strasbourg, 15 May 2014 Two important proposals of the European Commission will be signed into law by the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union today at 14:00 in Strasburg. The European Account Preservation Order (IP/11/923) and the updated rules for a specialised European patent...
02-05-2014

Gender equality in the workforce: Reconciling work, private and family life in Europe

Gender equality

A newly published statistical report summarises the findings of a research project on gender equality in the workforce. A detailed analysis of the following topics are presented in 6 annexes: 
• the Barcelona childcare targets (Annex I);
• labour force participation rates of men, women and parents (Annex II);
• balancing work and family for single parents (Annex III);
• gender inequalities in the transition from school to work (Annex IV);
• share of earnings and domestic work within couples (Annex V);
• and access to family-friendly working schedules (Annex VI).

22-04-2014

23 Antidiscrimination projects retained for EU funding – PROGRESS Action grants 2013

Tackling discrimination

See "Results and follow-up"

15-04-2014

Justice for Growth: European Parliament paves the way for cross-border debt recovery and Europe-wide patent protection

Civil Justice
European Commission MEMO Strasbourg, 15 April 2014 Today, the European Parliament voted in plenary to back two initiatives by the European Commission that will cut red tape for companies and contribute to growth in the EU.
14-04-2014

Shedding light on the progress on equality between women and menpdf(895 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

Gender equality

In the past year the European Commission made further progress on improving equality between women and men, including closing the gender gaps in employment, pay and pensions, combating violence and promoting equality in decision-making. Despite the progress that was achieved in most areas, challenges remain, according to the European Commission's latest annual report on gender equality.

14-04-2014

Gender equality: EU action triggers steady progress

Gender equality
European Commission Press release Brussels, 14 April 2014 In 2013 the European Commission continued taking action to improve equality between women and men, including steps to close the gender gaps in employment, pay and pensions discrepancies, to combat violence and to promote equality in decision-making.
14-04-2014

Questions & Answers: Report on the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and Progress Report on Gender Equality

Gender equality
European Commission MEMO Bruxelles, 14 April 2014 What are fundamental rights? The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights sets out a series of individual rights and freedoms. It entrenches the rights developed in the case law of the Court of Justice of the EU, found in the European Convention on Human...
14-04-2014

Presentation of the Fundamental Rights report and the progress report on Gender Equality

Gender equality
European Commission [Check Against Delivery] Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner 4th annual report on the application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, Press conference Brussels, 14 April 2014 1.
10-04-2014

INSIGN Pilot Project

Tackling discrimination

''Improving the communication between deaf and hard of hearing persons and the EU institutions''

The Insign project has been demonstrated for first time on 9 April 2014 at an event in the European Parliament. Deaf sign language users and hard of hearing citizens during two live demonstrations contacted different MEPs with the innovative Insign platform

08-04-2014

Consumer Rights Awareness Campaign

Consumer policy

Until: 31/12/14

Consumers should be aware of their rights under EU law so they can use them every day, when shopping online or on the high street. That's why the European Commission has organised a campaign informing citizens of their rights under EU consumer law and pointing them to the right places where they can get advice and help in case of questions or problems.

08-04-2014

Court of Justice upholds independence of data protection authorities in case against Hungary

Data protection
European Commission MEMO Brussels, 8 April 2014 In a case brought by the European Commission, the European Court of Justice has today ruled (case C-288/12) that the abrupt termination the Hungarian Data Protection Commissioner’s term in office by the government constitutes an infringement of the independence of the Hungarian Data...
04-04-2014

Roma integration: EU framework triggers first results

Tackling discrimination

04/04/14 - A new report released today on Member States' progress achieved under the EU Framework for national Roma strategies says the first signs of improvement in the lives of Roma are slowly starting to show.

04-04-2014

Roma integration: EU Framework triggers first results

Tackling discrimination
European Commission Press release Brussels, 4 April 2014 Concerted action by the European Commission has put Roma integration firmly on the political agenda across Europe. The first signs of improvement in the lives of Roma are slowly starting to show, says a new report unveiled today on Member States' progress...
04-04-2014

Roma Integration – 2014 Commission Assessment: Questions and Answers

Tackling discrimination
European Commission MEMO Brussels, 4 April 2014 What is the EU's and Member States' role in the area of Roma integration? By adopting, in April 2011, an EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies (IP/11/400, MEMO/11/216), the European Commission put in place – for the first time –a comprehensive and...
04-04-2014

Speech - Roma Integration: From polemics to small miracles

Tackling discrimination
European Commission [Check Against Delivery] Viviane Reding Vice-President Reding, EU Commissioner for Justice Speech - EU Roma Summit – Press Conference Brussels, 4 April 2014 I remember very well: 8 April 2010, in Córdoba, Spain. A Ministerial meeting on Roma – without Ministers.
04-04-2014

Roma integration: EU framework triggers first results

Tackling discrimination

Concerted action by the European Commission has put Roma integration firmly on the political agenda across Europe. The first signs of improvement in the lives of Roma are slowly starting to show, says a new report unveiled today on Member States' progress achieved under the EU Framework for national Roma strategies.

02-04-2014

Improving employment chances for people with autismpdf(2 MB) Choose translations of the previous link 

Tackling discrimination

On the occasion of the World Autism Awareness Day, on Wednesday 2 April, the European Commission publishes a report about four projects that were carried out during 2011-2013 to improve the employment situation of people with autism. These projects provide practical ideas about how to better involve people with autism in work. The projects were carried out in Bulgaria, Germany, Denmark, Poland and Italy.

MEMO of 02.04.14

02-04-2014

Speech: Quo vadis, European Justice Policy?

Civil Justice
European Commission [Check Against Delivery] Viviane Reding Vice-President, EU Justice Commissioner Speech: Plenary Session of the European Parliament on the Mid-term review of the Stockholm Programme Brussels, 2 April 2014 President, Honourable Members, I would like to thank the rapporteurs Mr Lopez Aguilar, Mr Berlinguer and Mr Casini for their...
28-03-2014

Roma integration: EU Roma Summit to evaluate progress

Tackling discrimination
European Commission Press release Brussels, 28 March 2014 Local, national and EU politicians and leaders will gather with civil society in Brussels on 4 April to discuss progress on Roma integration across Europe. This will be the first EU Roma Summit since the Commission put in place an EU framework...
27-03-2014

Making the European elections more democratic and boosting participation – Ground is prepared, say two Commission reports

EU citizenship and free movement
European Commission Press release Brussels, 27 March 2014 Two months ahead of the European Parliament elections, two new reports published by the Commission provide an overview of the decisive steps taken to make these elections even more democratic and to bring European politics closer to citizens.
21-03-2014

Future of Europe debate: Pan-European Dialogue in Brussels brings together citizens from all EU countries

EU citizenship and free movement
European Commission Press release Brussels, 21 March 2014 After 50 dialogues held in cities in every one of the EU's 28 Member States, the European Commission is inviting over 150 citizens to Brussels for a pan-European debate on Thursday 27 March, in the Commission's Charlemagne Building in Brussels.
17-03-2014

The 2014 EU Justice Scoreboard: Towards more effective justice systems in the EU

Effective Justice
European Commission Press release Brussels, 17 March 2014 The European Commission today released the second edition of the EU Justice Scoreboard to promote the quality, independence and efficiency of justice systems in the European Union.
17-03-2014

The 2014 EU Justice Scoreboard: ­ Questions & Answers

Effective Justice
European Commission MEMO Brussels, 17 March 2014 What is the EU Justice Scoreboard? The EU Justice Scoreboard is an information tool that contributes to the European Semester process by providing objective data on the quality, independence and efficiency of justice systems in all Member States.
17-03-2014

The 2014 EU Justice Scoreboard

Effective Justice
European Commission [Check Against Delivery] Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Commissioner for Justice Press conference Brussels, 17 March 2014 1. Effective Justice Systems and Economic Growth Justice policy is also economic growth policy.
17-03-2014

The EU justice scoreboard: Towards more effective justice systems in the EU

Effective Justice

The European Commission today released the second edition of the EU Justice Scoreboard to promote the quality, independence and efficiency of justice systems in the European Union.

14-03-2014

Future of Europe debate: Vice-President Viviane Reding to hold Citizens' Dialogue in Amsterdam

EU citizenship and free movement
European Commission Press release Brussels, 14 March 2014 What role should the EU play in the economic recovery? What rights do we have as European citizens and how do these rights affect our daily lives? What kind of Europe do citizens want for the future? These are some of the...
14-03-2014

Speech: Main Messages from the Citizens' Dialogue in Amsterdam

EU citizenship and free movement
European Commission [Check Against Delivery] Viviane Reding European Commission Vice-President, EU Justice Commissioner Speech: 49th Citizens' Dialogue Amsterdam, 14 March 2014 1. The Netherlands is at the heart of Europe. A founding member at the heart of the EU, the Netherland's destiny is European.
14-03-2014

European Consumer Day: Commission kicks off consumer awareness campaign

Consumer policy
Commission MEMO Brussels, 14 March 2014 European With household budgets under pressure, EU consumer policy is there to ensure not only that consumers are treated fairly – but that they can get the best deal possible. The European Union's efforts over the last year to strengthen consumer rights are having...
14-03-2014

European Consumer Day: Commission kicks off consumer awareness campaign

Consumer policy

The European Commission has kicked off today a consumer campaign informing citizens of their consumer rights under EU law and pointing them to the right places where they can get advice and help in case of questions or problems.

12-03-2014

EU Citizenship: European Parliament supports Commission's efforts to foster EU citizens' rights

EU citizenship and free movement
European Commission MEMO Strasbourg, 12 March 2014 The European Parliament has today welcomed the European Commission's proposals to reinforce EU citizens’ rights with a series of actions to tackle obstacles that citizens still encounter in their everyday lives.
12-03-2014

Stress-free holidays for 120 million consumers – European Parliament backs new rules on package travel

EU citizenship and free movement
European Commission Press release Strasbourg, 12 March 2014 The European Parliament backed today (610 votes for, 58 against and 13 abstentions) the European Commission's proposal modernising EU rules on package holidays (IP/13/663). Existing EU rules on package travel holidays date back to 1990.
12-03-2014

Stress-free holidays for 120 million consumers – European Parliament backs new rules on package travel

Consumer policy
European Commission Press release Strasbourg, 12 March 2014 The European Parliament backed today (610 votes for, 58 against and 13 abstentions) the European Commission's proposal modernising EU rules on package holidays (IP/13/663). Existing EU rules on package travel holidays date back to 1990.
12-03-2014

Stress-free holidays for 120 million consumers – European Parliament backs new rules on package travel

Consumer policy

European Commission Press release Strasbourg, 12 March 2014 The European Parliament backed today (610 votes for, 58 against and 13 abstentions) the European Commission's proposal modernising EU rules on package holidays (IP/13/663).
Existing EU rules on package travel holidays date back to 1990.

12-03-2014

Progress on EU data protection reform now irreversible following European Parliament vote

Data protection

The European Parliament has today given a strong endorsement to the Commission's data protection reform by voting largely in favour of the proposed Regulation and Directive. The support is an important signal of progress in the legislative procedure.

Factsheet - data protection plenary vote

12-03-2014

Progress on EU data protection reform now irreversible following European Parliament vote

Data protection
European Commission MEMO Strasbourg, 12 March 2013 The European Parliament today cemented the strong support previously given at committee level to the European Commission's data protection reform (MEMO/13/923 and MEMO/14/60) by voting in plenary with 621 votes in favour, 10 against and 22 abstentions for the Regulation and 371 votes...
12-03-2014

Insolvency: Commission recommends new approach to rescue businesses and give honest entrepreneurs a second chance

Civil Justice
European Commission Press release Brussels, 12 March 2014 The European Commission has today set out a series of common principles for national insolvency procedures for businesses in financial difficulties. The objective is to shift the focus away from liquidation towards encouraging viable businesses to restructure at an early stage so...
12-03-2014

European Public Prosecutor's Office: European Parliament confirms its support

Criminal Justice

The European Parliament has today confirmed its support to the Commission’s proposal for a European Public Prosecutor’s Office to protect taxpayers’ money throughout the EU (IP/13/709).

11-03-2014

Speech: Protecting EU citizens' data from mass surveillance

Data protection
European Commission [Check Against Delivery] Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner Speech: European Parliament debate on the U.S. NSA surveillance programme, surveillance bodies and their impact on EU on EU citizens' fundamental rights and on transatlantic cooperation in Justice and Home Affairs Strasbourg, 11 March 2014...
07-03-2014

Gender balance on corporate boards - Europe is cracking the glass ceilingpdf(355 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

Gender equality

Ahead of International Women's Day, the European Commission publishes a factsheet on gender balance on corporate boards, showing that  the glass ceiling is cracking following political and regulatory pressure from the European Commission.

07-03-2014

Key actions and latest figures on Gender Equalitypdf(741 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

Gender equality

On the occasion of International Women's Day, the European Commission published a factsheet on how Europe is boosting progress in achieving equality between women and men.  While gender gaps remains, significant progress has been achieved in numerous areas with the help of targeted policies at EU level.

07-03-2014

International Women’s Day: Commission takes action to close the gender pay gap

Gender equality
European Commission Press release Brussels, 7 March 2014 Ahead of International Women’s Day (8 March), the European Commission has today adopted a Recommendation asking Member States to improve pay transparency for women and men in a bid to help close the gender pay gap.
07-03-2014

Commission Recommendation on pay transparency and the gender pay gap - Frequently Asked Questions

Gender equality
European MEMO Brussels, 7 March 2014 Commission What is the gender pay gap and how is it measured in the EU? The gender pay gap is shown as a percentage of men’s earnings and represents the difference between the average gross hourly earnings of male and female employees across the...
07-03-2014

Questions and Answers: What has the EU done for women? 50 years of EU action on Gender Equality for One Continent

Gender equality
European Commission MEMO Brussels, 7 March 2014 On the eve of International Women's Day (8 March), Vice-President Viviane Reding said: "Five decades of European Union action have advanced gender equality on our continent.
06-03-2014

Conference 'Health in Europe, making it fairer'

Tackling discrimination
05-03-2014

Combating violence against women: a priority for the European Commissionpdf(127 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

Gender equality

Ahead of the International Women's Day, the European Commission publishes a factsheet summarizing key concrete actions aimed at eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls in the European Union.

28-02-2014

Equal Pay Day: 28 February 2014pdf Choose translations of the previous link 

Gender equality

16.4%: that’s the size of the gender pay gap. After a decreasing trend in recent years, the figure has stagnated. The fourth European Pay Day raises awareness of the fact that women currently work 59 days "for free" until they match the amount earned by men.

28-02-2014

Equal Pay Day: Gender Pay Gap stagnates at 16.4% across Europe

Gender equality
European Commission Press release Brussels, 28 February 2014 Women in Europe still work 59 days ‘for free’ – this is what the latest figures released today by the European Commission show. The gender pay gap – the average difference between women and men’s hourly earnings across the entire economy –...
27-02-2014

Insurance Contract Law: Expert report pinpoints obstacles to cross-border trade

Contract law
European Commission Press release Brussels, 27 February 2014 An expert group set up by the European Commission to examine barriers to cross-border trade in insurance law across Member States (IP/13/74) delivered its comprehensive report today.
23-02-2014

Speech: Main messages from the Citizens' Dialogue in Barcelona

EU citizenship and free movement
European Commission [Check Against Delivery] Viviane Reding European Commission Vice-President, EU Justice Commissioner Speech: 45th Citizens' Dialogue Barcelona, 23 February 2014 1/ Europe is overcoming the crisis - Europe's strategy of "solidarity for solidity" is delivering Solidarity for solidity: Eurozone countries putting money in a common pot to help countries...
23-02-2014

Vice-President Reding's Remarks on Catalan independence

EU citizenship and free movement
European Commission [Check Against Delivery] Viviane Reding European Commission Vice-President, EU Justice Commissioner Vice-President Vice-President 45th Citizens' Dialogue Barcelona, 23 February 2014 I have known Catalonia for a long time.
21-02-2014

Future of Europe debate: Vice-President Viviane Reding to hold Citizens' Dialogue in Barcelona

EU citizenship and free movement
European Commission Press release Brussels, 21 February 2013 What role should the EU play in the economic recovery? What rights do we have as European citizens and how do these rights affect our daily lives? What kind of Europe do citizens want for the future? These are some of the...
21-02-2014

European Day for victims of crime: Commission takes action to make improved victims’ rights a reality

Criminal Justice
Commission Press release Brussels, 21 February 2014 European Ahead of tomorrow’s European Day for victims of crime (22 February), the European Commission is taking action to make sure that victims of crime can rely on their rights under EU law in practice.
20-02-2014

Vice-President Reding and Commissioner Šemeta welcome agreement to protect euro from counterfeiting

Criminal Justice
European Commission MEMO Brussels, 20 February 2014 The European Commission has welcomed the political agreement reached last night on the proposal to better protect the euro from counterfeiting through EU-wide criminal law measures.
19-02-2014

Vice-President Reding and Commissioner Šemeta welcome agreement to protect euro from counterfeiting

Criminal Justice
European Commission MEMO Brussels, 19 February 2014 The European Commission has welcomed today's political agreement on the proposal to better protect the euro from counterfeiting through EU-wide criminal law measures. The agreement follows two so-called trilogue meetings between the Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers.
11-02-2014

Free Movement: European Commission publishes study on integration of mobile EU citizens in six cities

EU citizenship and free movement
European Commission Press release Brussels, 11 February 2014 EU citizens go to other EU countries mainly for job opportunities and are on average younger and more likely to be working. This is confirmed by a new, independent study on the impact of the right to move freely within the EU...
10-02-2014

Speech: Main Messages: Citizens' Dialogue in London

EU citizenship and free movement
European Commission [Check Against Delivery] Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner Speech: Citizens' Dialogue in London London, 10 February 2014 1. The EU is stronger with the UK. The UK is stronger within the EU.
07-02-2014

Future of Europe: Vice-President Viviane Reding to hold public debate in London

EU citizenship and free movement
European Commission Press release Brussels, 7 February 2014 The future of Europe, citizens' rights and the recovery from the economic crisis are among topics to be discussed at the 44th Citizens' Dialogue (see Annex) with European Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding, UK Europe Minister David Lidington and around 400 people in...
05-02-2014

Report: Fewer than half of EU Member States have implemented common rules on detention

Criminal Justice

Common rules on matters related to detention, adopted unanimously by Member States, have been implemented only in around half of the EU's 28 countries, according to a new European Commission report released today.

04-02-2014

Free Movement: European Commission invites Mayors to discuss challenges and exchange best practices

EU citizenship and free movement
European Commission Press release Brussels, 4 February 2014 Over 100 mayors and representatives of local authorities from around Europe will come together in Brussels on 11 February to discuss current challenges and opportunities around the free movement of citizens in the European Union.
04-02-2014

Public Documents: European Parliament backs Commission proposal to slash red tape in the Member States

EU citizenship and free movement
European Commission MEMO Strasbourg, 4 February 2014 The European Parliament has today voted with an overwhelming majority (573 for, 62 against and 44 abstentions) to back the European Commission’s proposal to do away with bureaucratic rubber-stamping exercises for citizens and businesses in the Member States (IP/13/355).
04-02-2014

Directive on criminal sanctions for market abuse – Frequently Asked Questions

Criminal Justice
European Commission MEMO Brussels, 4 February 2014 1. Why are criminal sanctions needed for market abuse? In recent years financial markets have become increasingly global, giving rise to new trading platforms and technologies. This unfortunately has also led to new possibilities to manipulate these markets.
04-02-2014

Statement by Vice-President Reding and Commissioner Barnier on European Parliament's vote to approve criminal sanctions for market abuse directive

Criminal Justice
European Commission MEMO Strasbourg, 4 February 2014 The European Commission has welcomed today's vote by the European Parliament's plenary to approve the Commission's proposal for a Directive on criminal sanctions for market abuse (IP/11/1218).
29-01-2014

European Parliament elections: Citizens should be able to stand as candidates in another EU country more easily

EU citizenship and free movement
Commission Press release Brussels, 29 January 2014 European Under EU rules which should be in place in all Member States as of today, it will be easier for EU citizens living in another Member State to stand as candidates in the 2014 European Parliament elections.
29-01-2014

Speech: Disenfranchisement: defending voting rights for EU citizens abroad

EU citizenship and free movement
European Commission Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner Speech: Midday Statement/Brussels 29 January 2014 The right to vote is a basic and fundamental political right. That is why we have laws in place that guarantee citizens this essential right: According to the EU Treaties (Article 20...
28-01-2014

Speech: A data protection compact for Europe

Data protection
European Commission Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner A data protection compact for Europe CEPS/Brussels 28 January 2014 Main messages of the speech: On Safe Harbour: [W]e kicked the tyres and saw that repairs are needed. For Safe Harbour to be fully roadworthy the U.S.
27-01-2014

Data Protection Day 2014: Full Speed on EU Data Protection Reform

Data protection

Ahead of Data Protection Day on 28 January 2014, the Commission takes stock on progress made on the EU data protection reform exactly two years after the proposals were tabled. It also recalls the Commission's response to the latest surveillance revelations and developments in the U.S.. Vice-President Reding will deliver a key speech on data protection day, tomorrow at 11 CET at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) calling for "A new Data Protection Compact for Europe".

19-01-2014

Speech: The EU Data protection reform: helping businesses thrive in the digital economy

Data protection
European Commission Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner Speech: DLD 2014/Munich, Germany 19 November 2014 Dear Mr Burda, Ladies and Gentlemen, Thank you very much. In the past years, you have given the Aenne Burda Award to inspiring and successful women, and I am very honoured...
17-01-2014

Equality: EU rules to tackle discrimination now in place in all 28 EU Member States

Tackling discrimination
European Commission Press release Brussels, 17 January 2014 European Union rules to tackle discrimination on grounds of racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age and sexual orientation have now been implemented by all Member States in national law. Now, further efforts are needed to apply them in practice.
15-01-2014

Future of Europe debate: live online dialogue with Vice-President Viviane Reding

EU citizenship and free movement
European Commission Press release Brussels, 15 January 2014 Throughout 2013, Citizens' Dialogues were held all across Europe. Now the debate is going digital. On 16 January 2014 at 20.00 CET, Vice-President Viviane Reding will debate with citizens from across Europe in an online dialogue streamed live on YouTube.
15-01-2014

European Commission upholds free movement of people

EU citizenship and free movement
MEMO Brussels, 15 January 2014 European Commission (see also IP/13/1151) With over 14 million EU citizens resident in another Member State on a stable basis, free movement – or the ability to live, work and study anywhere in the Union – is the EU right most cherished by Europeans.
15-01-2014

Speech: Upholding the right to free Movement and fighting cases of abuse

EU citizenship and free movement
European Commission Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner Speech: Plenary Session debate of the European Parliament on 'Respect for the fundamental right of free movement in the EU ' /Strasbourg 15 January 2014 Main Messages: The right to free movement is the EU right most cherished...
15-01-2014

Speech: Citizenship must not be up for sale

EU citizenship and free movement
European Commission Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner Citizenship must not be up for sale Plenary Session debate of the European Parliament on 'EU citizenship for sale' /Strasbourg 15 January 2014 Main Messages: National citizenship is an entry door to the EU.
09-01-2014

Leading Parliamentary Committee backs criminal sanctions for market abuse

Criminal Justice
European Commission MEMO Brussels, 9 January 2014 The leading committee of the European Parliament for Economic matters has today given its support to a European Commission proposal for criminal sanctions to tackle the abuse and manipulation of financial markets (IP/11/1218).
17-12-2013

European Parliament committee backs Commission proposal to slash red tape in the Member States

Civil Justice
Commission MEMO Brussels, 17 December 2013 European A key European Parliament committee has today supported proposals by the European Commission to do away with bureaucratic rubber-stamping exercises for citizens and businesses in Europe (IP/13/355).
16-12-2013

Main Messages: Citizens' Dialogue in Vilnius

EU citizenship and free movement
European Commission Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Commissioner for Justice Citizens' Dialogue/Vilnius 13 December 2013 1. Elections: When you make a choice, you change the future 2014 will be the year that Europe makes a choice. You will not only be electing a new President.
13-12-2013

Strengthened EU rights for consumers becoming a reality across Europe

Consumer policy
European Commission MEMO Brussels, 13 December 2013 Just in time for the holiday period, shoppers across Europe can as of today count on a new set of consumer rights: today marks the deadline for Member States to introduce the European Union’s Consumer Rights Directive into national law.
12-12-2013

Future of Europe: Vice-President Reding to debate with citizens in Vilnius

EU citizenship and free movement
European Commission Press release Brussels, 12 December 2013 The future of Europe, citizens' rights and the recovery from the economic crisis are the topics to be discussed at the 41st Citizens' Dialogue (see Annex) with Vice-President Viviane Reding and 200 citizens in Vilnius which will take place tomorrow, on 13...
10-12-2013

Speech - Mass surveillance is unacceptable – U.S. action to restore trust is needed now

Data protection
European Commission Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Commissioner for Justice Speech - Civil Liberties Committee hearing on Data Protection and U.S. Surveillance European Parliament/Strasbourg 9 December 2013 I would like first to congratulate this inquiry on its work since the NSA revelations this summer.
09-12-2013

First ever EU legal instrument for Roma inclusion adopted

Tackling discrimination
European Commission Press release Brussels, 9 December 2013 All 28 European Union Member States today committed to implementing a set of recommendations, proposed by the European Commission, to step up the economic and social integration of Roma communities.
06-12-2013

Council of Employment, Social Policy and Health Ministers, 9-10 December 2013, Brussels

Consumer policy
European Commission MEMO Brussels, 6 December 2013 The EU's Council of Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Ministers will meet on 9 and 10 December in Brussels. Key issues under discussion on 9th December will be the proposed Directive to enforce EU rules on posting of workers, a proposal...
06-12-2013

Speech - Data Protection: Vice-President Reding's intervention in the Justice Council

Data protection
European Commission Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner Speech - Justice Council /Brussels 6 December 2013 Introduction The European Union has the highest level of data protection in the world. European rules are already a global gold standard for the protection of personal data.
06-12-2013

Speech - Justice Council: We need a simple solution for citizens and business on data protection

Data protection
European Commission Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner Justice Speech - Justice Press Conference at the Justice and Home Affairs Council /Brussels 6 December 2013 Today's Justice Council meeting can be easily summarised: It was a disappointing day for data protection but an excellent day for...
02-12-2013

Speech - EU Citizenship – Anno 2013

EU citizenship and free movement
European Commission Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner EU Speech - EU Dialogue with Rik Torfs, Rector of KU Leuven / Kortrijk, Campus of the University of Leuven 2 December 2013 Main Messages The elections next year are about many things.
28-11-2013

Speech - Legal training: an essential tool for European Judicial excellence

Criminal Justice
European Commission Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner Speech - Workshop on the training of legal practitioners – Teaching EU law and judgecraft/Brussels 28 November 2013 Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a pleasure to be here.
27-11-2013

European Commission calls on the U.S. to restore trust in EU-U.S. data flows

Data protection
Press Release Brussels, 27 November 2013 European Commission Today the European Commission has set out the actions that need to be taken to restore trust in data flows between the EU and the U.S., following deep concerns about revelations of large-scale U.S.
27-11-2013

Restoring Trust in EU-US data flows - Frequently Asked Questions

Data protection
European Commission MEMO Brussels, 27 November 2013 What is the Commission presenting today? Today the European Commission has set out actions to be taken in order to restore trust in data flows between the EU and the U.S., following deep concerns about revelations of large-scale U.S.
27-11-2013

The Right to… - a Fair Trial! Commission wants more safeguards for citizens in criminal proceedings

Criminal Justice
European Commission Press release Brussels, 27 November 2013 The European Commission has today presented a package of proposals to further strengthen procedural safeguards for citizens in criminal proceedings. The aim is to guarantee fair trial rights for all citizens, wherever they are in the European Union.
27-11-2013

Frequently Asked Questions: Fair Trial Rights

Criminal Justice
European Commission MEMO Brussels, 27 November 2013 What is the European Commission proposing? The Commission is proposing three directives: (1) on the respect for the presumption of innocence and the right to be present at trial; (2) to make sure children involved in criminal proceedings have special safeguards; and (3)...
25-11-2013

Communication: towards the elimination of female genital mutilation

Gender equality

On the occasion of the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women, the European Commission has announced a new push to combat female genital mutilation (FGM) in the European Union and beyond.

25-11-2013

International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women: European Commission takes action to combat Female Genital Mutilation

Gender equality
European Commission Press release Brussels, 25 November 2013 On the occasion of the International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women, the European Commission has today announced – in a strategy paper – a new push to fight female genital mutilation (FGM) in the European Union and beyond.
25-11-2013

Free movement of people: five actions to benefit citizens, growth and employment in the EU

EU citizenship and free movement
European Commission Press release Brussels, 25 November 2013 The joint responsibility of Member States and the EU institutions to uphold EU citizens' rights to live and work in another EU country is underlined in a policy paper just adopted by the European Commission.
25-11-2013

European Commission upholds free movement of people

EU citizenship and free movement
MEMO Brussels, 25 November 2013 European Commission (see also IP/13/1151) With over 14 million EU citizens resident in another Member State on a stable basis, free movement – or the ability to live, work and study anywhere in the Union – is the EU right most cherished by Europeans.
22-11-2013

Speech - Mapping the road towards a true European Area of Justice

Effective Justice
European Commission Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner Speech - Assises de la Justice/Brussels 22 November 2013 Ladies and Gentlemen, Let me start by thanking you. Your ideas and your enthusiasm have turned this conference into a lively, thought-provoking discussion.
22-11-2013

"I am just a first pillar girl"

Gender equality
European Commission Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner Dinner of the Assises de la Justice /Brussels 21 November 2013 Dear friends, It is always a pleasure to listen to such a brilliant lawyer as Hubert Legal.
22-11-2013

Speech - Mapping the road towards a true European Area of Justice

EU citizenship and free movement
European Commission Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner Speech - Assises de la Justice/Brussels 22 November 2013 Ladies and Gentlemen, Let me start by thanking you. Your ideas and your enthusiasm have turned this conference into a lively, thought-provoking discussion.
22-11-2013

Speech - Mapping the road towards a true European Area of Justice

Criminal Justice
European Commission Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner Speech - Assises de la Justice/Brussels 22 November 2013 Ladies and Gentlemen, Let me start by thanking you. Your ideas and your enthusiasm have turned this conference into a lively, thought-provoking discussion.
21-11-2013

Building Trust in Justice Systems in Europe: 'Assises de la Justice' forum to shape the future of EU Justice Policy

Effective Justice
European Commission Press Release Brussels, 21 November 2013 What will EU justice policy look like in 2020? This is the theme of a major conference starting today – the 'Assises de la Justice' ‑ hosted by the European Commission on 21-22 November in Brussels.
21-11-2013

Speech - From Maastricht to Lisbon: building a European area of Justice in small steps and great bounds

Effective Justice
European Commission Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner Speech - Assises de la Justice/Brussels 21 November 2013 Ladies and Gentlemen, Today is a very special day for me. I am truly honoured to see so many eminent legal experts and practitioners here, eager to sit down...
21-11-2013

Building Trust in Justice Systems in Europe: 'Assises de la Justice' forum to shape the future of EU Justice Policy

Criminal Justice
European Commission Press Release Brussels, 21 November 2013 What will EU justice policy look like in 2020? This is the theme of a major conference starting today – the 'Assises de la Justice' ‑ hosted by the European Commission on 21-22 November in Brussels.
20-11-2013

Cracking Europe's Glass Ceiling: European Parliament backs Commission's Women on Boards proposal

Gender equality
European Commission Press release Brussels, 20 November 2013 The European Parliament has today voted with an overwhelming majority (459 for, 148 against and 81 abstentions) to back the European Commission’s proposed law to improve the gender balance in Europe’s company boardrooms.
14-11-2013

Future of Europe Debate: Viviane Reding takes French views on board in Marseille

EU citizenship and free movement
European Commission Press release Brussels, 14 November 2013 The future of Europe, citizens’ rights, and ending the economic crisis will be the subjects of the 37th Citizens’ Dialogue (see annex), which is taking place today, 14 November, in Marseille.
14-11-2013

Main messages: Citizens' Dialogue in Marseille

EU citizenship and free movement
European Commission Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner Citizens' Dialogue/Marseille 14 November 2013 "The EU economy is starting to get its head above water. Now we must concentrate on growth." "The economic crisis has speeded up the course of political history.
12-11-2013

Believing in people: Balancing the scales in European Criminal Law

Criminal Justice
European Commission Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner Conference on the European Criminal Policy Initiative, organised by the Law Faculty of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich /Brussels 12 November 2013 Main Messages "Before the Treaty of Lisbon, EU criminal law was a piece-meal affair.
05-11-2013

Protecting taxpayers' money: European Parliament committee endorses Commission proposal to fight fraud against the EU budget

Criminal Justice
European Commission MEMO Brussels, 5 November 2013 The European Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) backed today with a large majority (19 votes for, 1 against and 0 abstentions) the European Commission's proposal for a Directive on the protection of the EU's financial interests (IP/12/767).
22-10-2013

LIBE Committee vote backs new EU data protection rules

Data protection
European Commission MEMO Brussels, 22 October 2013 The European Commission's data protection reform proposals (IP/12/46 and IP/13/57) were backed today by an overwhelming majority (49 votes in favour, 1 against and 3 abstentions) in the Committee for Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) of the European Parliament.
14-10-2013

Commission publishes mid-term review of the Strategy for equality between women and men (2010-2015)pdf Choose translations of the previous link 

Gender equality

Since adoption of the Strategy in 2010, the Commission and the European External Action Service have acted on the large majority of the key actions set out in the Strategy and very important results have already been achieved. The mid-term review confirms that the Women's Charter and the Strategy continue to provide an ambitious policy framework for promoting gender equality in the EU.

14-10-2013

2013 Report on women and men in leadership positions in the EU publishedpdf Choose translations of the previous link 

Gender equality

A new report on women and men in leadership positions was released today. The report presents an overview of the current situation and trends for the representation of women and men in economic decision-making, in politics, in public administrations and in the judiciary. 

14-10-2013

Women on Boards: Share of Women up to 16.6% as European Parliament Committees back Commission proposal

Gender equality
European Commission Press release Brussels, 14 October 2013 The European Parliament’s Committees on Legal Affairs (JURI) and Women’s Rights & Gender Equality (FEMM) have today voted (40 for, 9 against and 2 abstentions) to support a proposal by the European Commission to address the gender imbalance on company boards in...
14-10-2013

Report on women and men in leadership positions and Gender equality strategy mid-term review

Gender equality
European Commission MEMO Brussels, 14 October 2013 1. New Report on Women in Decision-Making: What is the report on women in leadership positions? The Report on women and men in leadership positions in the European Union 2013 looks at the current situation and recent progress for gender balance across a...
14-10-2013

Future of Europe: Vice-President Viviane Reding to debate with citizens in Stockholm

EU citizenship and free movement
European Commission Press release Brussels, 14 October 2013 The future of Europe, citizens' rights and the recovery from the economic crisis are the topics to be discussed at the 33rd Citizens' Dialogue (see Annex) with Vice-President Viviane Reding and 350 citizens in Stockholm.
14-10-2013

European Diversity Charters

Tackling discrimination

The EU is funding a platform for EU-level exchange between public and private organisations who have signed up to a national diversity charter. The video shows 12 testimonies of charters representatives.

11-10-2013

First Eastern Partnership Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial

Relations with third countries

Vice-President Reding attended on 7 October the Justice session of the first Eastern Partnership Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial in Luxembourg.

08-10-2013

Free Movement: 5 Actions to Make a Difference

EU citizenship and free movement
08-10-2013

Vice-President Reding's intervention at the Justice Council on the data protection reform and the one-stop shop principle

Data protection
European Commission Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Commissioner for Justice Vice-President Vice-President Justice Council/Luxembourg 8 October 2013 President Barroso stated in this year's State of the Union Address that it is of utmost importance to advance swiftly on the data protection reform package.
07-10-2013

Petitions about the situation of Roma

Tackling discrimination
26-09-2013

Electoral rights: Commission action ensures EU citizens can cast their vote in European and local elections

EU citizenship and free movement
European Commission Press release Brussels, 26 September 2013 European Union citizens will be able to use their right to vote in European and local elections more easily when living in another EU country, following legal action by the European Commission.
24-09-2013

Main Messages: Helsinki Citizens' Dialogue

EU citizenship and free movement
European Commission Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Commissioner for Justice Citizens' Dialogue/Helsinki 24 September 2013 1. Economy Ignore the doom-mongers. Europe is being fixed: Unit labour costs are falling in countries like Greece, Spain and Portugal.
23-09-2013

Future of Europe Debate: Vice-President Viviane Reding debates with citizens in Helsinki

EU citizenship and free movement
European Commission Press release Brussels, 23 September 2013 European Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding will be in Helsinki with Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Sirpa Pietikäinen tomorrow to hold a debate on the future of Europe with about 300 citizens.
04-09-2013

Speech - The EU and the Rule of Law – What next?

Effective Justice
European Commission Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner Speech - Centre for European Policy Studies/Brussels 4 September 2013 1. MAIN MESSAGES The Union is a unique construction, as it is not bound together by force, by a common army or a common police force, but only...
02-09-2013

Starting fragile: gender differences in the youth labour marketpdf Choose translations of the previous link 

Gender equality

A new report from the European network of Experts on Gender Equality (ENEGE) shows that early career patterns differ between gen¬ders with women falling more often into unsuccessful paths (inactivity, part-time, temporary contracts) than men. It also stresses the need for a greater attention to gender differences in youth policies.

29-07-2013

Proposal for a Regulation amending Regulation (EU) No 1215/2012 on jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgements in civil and commercial matterspdf(77 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

Civil Justice

29/07/13 - The European Commission adopts the proposal on the amendments to the Brussels I Regulation (recast) aiming at ensuring the coherent application of the Unified Patent Court Agreement and the Regulation.

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23-07-2013

Spring 2013 Eurobarometer: A greater dose of optimism

EU citizenship and free movement
European Commission Press release Brussels, 23 July 2013 According to the latest Eurobarometer survey results published today, six out of ten citizens in the EU feel 'European' and want to know more about their rights, but less than half (46%) know what these rights are.
23-07-2013

Speech: Main Messages: Citizens' Dialogue in Sofia

EU citizenship and free movement
European Commission Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Commissioner for Justice Speech: Citizens' Dialogue/Sofia, Bulgaria 23 July 2013 1. The protests in Bulgaria The political situation in Bulgaria is polarised.
22-07-2013

Future of Europe Debate: Vice-President Viviane Reding debates with citizens in Sofia

EU citizenship and free movement
European Commission Press release Brussels, 22 July 2013 "Bulgaria must stay on the reform path, and its citizens have a key role to play in the process", said European Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding ahead of a dialogue with over 250 citizens in Sofia (Bulgaria) which she will hold tomorrow (23...
17-07-2013

Protecting taxpayers’ money against fraud: Commission proposes European Public Prosecutor's Office and reinforces OLAF procedural guarantees

Criminal Justice
European Commission Press Release Brussels, 17 July 2013 Today, the European Commission is taking action to improve Union-wide prosecution of criminals who defraud EU taxpayers by establishing a European Public Prosecutor's Office.
17-07-2013

Every euro counts - Frequently Asked Questions on the European Public Prosecutor’s Office

Criminal Justice
European Commission MEMO Brussels, 17 July 2013 What is the European Public Prosecutor’s Office? The European Public Prosecutor’s Office will be a decentralised prosecution office of the European Union with exclusive competence for investigating, prosecuting and bringing to judgment crimes against the EU budget.
17-07-2013

Establishing a European Public Prosecutor's Office – A federal budget needs federal protection

Criminal Justice
European Commission Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Commissioner for Justice Press Conference/Brussels 17 July 2013 1. Delivering on our commitments Today we deliver on a commitment. A commitment – that Algirdas and I first made at our hearing before the Parliament in January 2010 – to make...
17-07-2013

Commission proposes European Public Prosecutor's Office and reform of Eurojust to protect the financial interests of the EU

Criminal Justice

Today, the European Commission is taking action to improve Union-wide prosecution of criminals who defraud EU taxpayers by establishing a European Public Prosecutor's Office. Its exclusive task will be to investigate and prosecute and, where relevant, bring to judgement – in the Member States' courts - crimes affecting the EU budget. The European Public Prosecutor's Office will be an independent institution, subject to democratic oversight.

In parallel to the creation of the European Public Prosecutor's Office, the Commission is proposing a reform of the European Union’s Agency for criminal justice cooperation (Eurojust) and presenting a Communication on the governance of the EU Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF).

16-07-2013

Dialogue between EU Commissioner Viviane Reding and citizens in Heidelberg: "The EU needs more democracy"

EU citizenship and free movement
European Commission Press release Brussels, 16 July 2013 "Europe is democratic, but must become even more democratic in the future, if it is to be given new competences". This is what the Vice-President of the European Commission, Viviane Reding, is calling for in the run-up to a discussion with citizens,...
16-07-2013

Main messages: Citizens' Dialogue in Heidelberg

EU citizenship and free movement
European Commission Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Commissioner for Justice Citizens Dialogue/Heidelberg 16 July 2012 1. The time of the Troika is over Getting the IMF on board in recent years was an emergency solution.
15-07-2013

Women and the Web – Why Data Protection and Diversity belong together

Gender equality
European Commission Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner DLD Women Conference 2013/Munich 15 July 2013 Dear Ursula, Dear Steffi, Ladies and gentlemen, I am happy to be here today, and it's good to see so many familiar faces.
10-07-2013

Future of Europe: President Barroso and Vice-President Reding to debate with citizens in Warsaw

EU citizenship and free movement
European Commission Press release Brussels, 10 July 2013 After 22 dialogues with citizens in 14 Member States, citizens in Poland will get the chance to share their opinions about the future of Europe. On 11 July 2013, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, Vice-President Viviane Reding, together with Member of...
09-07-2013

Vice-President Reding welcomes latest progress in European Parliament for women on boards

Gender equality
European Commission Memo Brussels, 9 July 2013 European Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding, the EU’s Justice Commissioner, today welcomed the latest progress in European Parliament in support of her proposal to improve the gender balance in Europe’s boardrooms (IP/12/1205).
09-07-2013

Commission acts to improve consumer rights for 120 million holiday makers

Consumer policy
European Press Release Brussels, 9 July 2013 Commission As the summer season kicks off, the European Commission is taking action to improve protection for holiday makers by modernising EU rules on package holidays. The 1990 EU Directive on package travel has served as the bedrock for the protection offered to...
09-07-2013

Frequently Asked Questions: Commission proposes to improve consumer rights for 120 million holiday makers

Consumer policy
European Commission MEMO Brussels, 9 July 2013 Why is the Commission making this proposal? More and more people book their holidays online, through different online operators. This has revolutionised the travel market, but means that holiday makers are not always sure of protection if something goes wrong.
25-06-2013

Speech: Building a Europe for citizens - Business as usual is not an option

EU citizenship and free movement
European Commission Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Commissioner for Justice Speech: Video Recording for the Presidential Troika of COSAC/Brussels 24 June 2013 Mr Chairman, Honourable Members of the Parliaments, Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen, I am very sorry for not being able to attend the meeting and convey...
19-06-2013

Another piece of the procedural rights puzzle to fall into place: Parliamentary committee votes to back Commission proposal on access to a lawyer

Criminal Justice
European Commission MEMO Brussels, 19 June 2013 A new law to guarantee the rights of all citizens to be advised by a lawyer when facing criminal proceedings in the European Union moved a step closer to adoption today after a vote by the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home...
11-06-2013

Restricted Call for proposals – PROGRESS – Antidiscrimination - Action grants 2013

Tackling discrimination

Please note that the deadline for this call for proposals is 10/09/2013 12:00 (noon) CET.

03-06-2013

ENEGE Report on the gender gap in pension in the EU publishedpdf Choose translations of the previous link 

Gender equality

Women receive average pensions which are 39% lower compared to those of men. This report develops a new indicator for gender equality, the "Gender Pension Gap" which, together with the "Gender Pay Gap", helps to assess the magnitude of gender inequality in the course of people’s lives.

03-06-2013

Barcelona Objectives: childcare facilities for young children in Europepdf Choose translations of the previous link 

Gender equality

A Commission report on the Barcelona objectives shows that most EU countries have missed the targets agreed by the European Council in 2002 for availability and accessibility of childcare services. The reports demonstrates that investment in high quality services must be continued.

03-06-2013

Q&A: Report on childcare provision in the Member States and study on the gender pension gap

Gender equality
European Commission MEMO Brussels, 3 June 2013 1. Barcelona Targets What are the so-called 'Barcelona targets'? In March 2002 the European Council, meeting in Barcelona, agreed common targets to improve the provision of childcare in the Member States.
28-05-2013

Commission welcomes breakthrough on its proposal to guarantee citizens’ rights to access a lawyer and on the right to communicate upon arrest

Criminal Justice
European MEMO Brussels, 28 May 2013 Commission A European Commission proposal to guarantee the rights of all citizens to be advised by a lawyer when facing criminal proceedings moved a step closer to agreement today, after a breakthrough in negotiations between the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers.
24-05-2013

Study on the role of men in gender equality publishedpdf Choose translations of the previous link 

Gender equality

The study, entitled 'The role of men in gender equality – European strategies and insights' has been published. The study presents conclusions and recommendations, as well as some guiding principles on how to develop policies to improve the role of men in gender equality.

21-05-2013

Speech: The EU's Data Protection rules and Cyber Security Strategy: two sides of the same coin

Data protection
European Commission Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner Speech: NATO Parliamentary Assembly/Luxembourg 19 May 2013 The Internet is the infrastructure of the modern age. It accounted for more than 20% of GDP growth in the world’s major economies over the last five years.
17-05-2013

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia - 17 May 2013

Tackling discrimination

The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) takes place every year to draw attention to the discrimination that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people can face.

14-05-2013

Women on Boards: Vice-President Viviane Reding and Markus Klimmer, Managing Director at Accenture discuss challenges and opportunities

Gender equality
European Commission MEMO Brussels, 14 May 2013 Vice-President Viviane Reding, the EU's Justice Commissioner, met with Markus Klimmer, Managing Director at Accenture, today to discuss how best to improve gender balance on company boards.
13-05-2013

Report on progress between women and men publishedpdf Choose translations of the previous link 

Gender equality

The 2012 annual report on 'Progress on equality between women and men' has just been released. Based on recent evidence and new data, it takes stock of major policy developments during the last year. The report illustrates some of the many ways in which the EU and its Member States have promoted gender equality.

08-05-2013

EU Charter is making fundamental rights a reality for citizens

Gender equality
European Commission Press release Brussels, 8 May 2013 Three years after it became legally binding, the impact of the European Union’s Charter of Fundamental Rights is increasingly clear. It is becoming a point of reference not only for the EU institutions when drawing up legislation but also for the European...
08-05-2013

Q&A: Report on the Charter of Fundamental Rights and on Progress in Gender Equality

Gender equality
European Commission MEMO Brussels, 8 May 2013 What are fundamental rights? The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights sets out a series of individual rights and freedoms. It entrenches the rights developed in the case law of the Court of Justice of the EU, found in the European Convention on Human...
08-05-2013

Frequently Asked Questions: 2013 EU Citizenship Report

EU citizenship and free movement
European Commission MEMO Brussels, 8 May 2013 What is EU citizenship? European Union citizenship is not just a concept, but a practical reality that brings tangible benefits to all of us. EU citizenship and the rights that go with it, such as the right to free movement, are key pillars...
08-05-2013

EU Citizenship Report: 12 new actions to make EU citizens’ rights a reality

EU citizenship and free movement
European Commission Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner EU EU Press Conference/Brussels 8 May 2013 2013 is the European Year of Citizens. But it takes more than just a year to tear down barriers for our citizens. It takes concrete actions.
08-05-2013

EU Charter is making fundamental rights a reality for citizens

Data protection
European Commission Press release Brussels, 8 May 2013 Three years after it became legally binding, the impact of the European Union’s Charter of Fundamental Rights is increasingly clear. It is becoming a point of reference not only for the EU institutions when drawing up legislation but also for the European...
03-05-2013

Future of Europe Debate: Vice-President Reding holds Citizens' Dialogue in Brussels

EU citizenship and free movement
European Commission Press release Brussels, 3 May 2013 As the debate about the future of Europe and the consequences of the economic crisis is gathering pace, the European Commission is reaching out to different European towns to listen to citizens, their concerns and hopes for the future.
17-04-2013

Hungary and the Rule of Law - Statement of the European Commission in the Plenary Debate of the European Parliament

Effective Justice
European Commission Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner EP Plenary/Strasbourg 17 April 2013 President, Minister, Honourable Members, I want to thank the President for holding this debate today on a subject which is attracting a great deal of attention.
05-04-2013

Others are deciding for you

EU citizenship and free movement

There is a steady decline in the number of people voting in EU elections. This Euronews 'Right On' episode looks at the participation of EU citizens and the recommendations of the European Commission.

02-04-2013

Don't rip me off!

Consumer policy

Find out more about so-called 'unfair commercial practices' and how to avoid them in this Euronews edition of 'Right On'.

27-03-2013

Questions & Answers: EU Justice Scoreboard

Effective Justice
European Commission MEMO Brussels, 27 March 2013 What is the European Semester? The European Commission has set up a yearly cycle of economic policy coordination called the European Semester. Each year the European Commission undertakes a detailed analysis of EU Member States' programmes of economic and structural reforms and provides...
27-03-2013

SPEECH - The 2013 EU Justice Scoreboard

Effective Justice
European Commission Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner SPEECH - Press Conference /Brussels 27 March 2013 Effective Justice Systems and Economic Growth I am here today to present a new tool that the Commission has just adopted.
27-03-2013

EU Justice Scoreboard: European Commission broadens the scope of its analysis of Member States' justice systems

Effective Justice

The European Commission has today unveiled a new comparative tool to promote effective justice in the European Union and thereby reinforce economic growth.

26-03-2013

EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding and Ronan Dunne of Telefónica stress importance of EU data protection reform

Data protection
European Commission MEMO Brussels, 26 March 2013 In the margins of an event on the EU data protection reform, Vice-President Viviane Reding, the EU's Justice Commissioner will meet Ronan Dunne, CEO of Telefónica UK to discuss the importance of the Commission’s proposed reform of EU data protection rules (see IP/12/46...
21-03-2013

Future of Europe Debate: Vice-President Reding Face to Face with Citizens' in Thessaloniki, Greece

EU citizenship and free movement
European Commission Press release Brussels, 21 March 2013 As the debate about the future of Europe and the consequences of the economic crisis is gathering pace, the European Commission is reaching out to different European towns to listen to citizens, their concerns and hopes for the future.
20-03-2013

Speech: Strengthening the basis for EU criminal law and judicial cooperation

Criminal Justice
European Commission Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Commissioner for Justice Speech: CRIM Special Committee, European Parliament/Brussels 19 March 2013 Honourable Members, Ladies and Gentlemen; A new criminal landscape is emerging in Europe.
19-03-2013

Towards a more coherent enforcement of EU consumer rules

Consumer policy
European Commission Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Commissioner for Justice European Consumer Summit 2013/Brussels 19 March 2013 Main Messages Why consumer protection matters – especially in times of crisis: Europe's citizens are also Europe's consumers. They are entitled to have their rights respected.
19-03-2013

EU Data Protection: European Parliament's legal affairs committee backs uniform data protection rules

Data protection
European Commission MEMO Brussels, 19 March 2013 The European Commission today welcomed the adoption of an opinion by the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) on the Commission’s proposal for a Data Protection Regulation reforming the EU’s data protection rules that date back to 1995 (see IP/12/46 and IP/13/57).
19-03-2013

Commission seeks input on improving redress for consumers in cross-border claims

Civil Justice
European Press release Brussels, 19 March 2013 Commission The European Commission has today launched a public consultation on how to improve access to justice for consumers and small businesses in small-scale cross-border disputes.
15-03-2013

EU Consumer Summit 2013: Europe joining forces to enforce consumers' rights

Consumer policy
European Commission Press release Brussels, 15 March 2013 14 EU Ministers and State secretaries in charge of consumer affairs will join the European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Affairs, Tonio Borg, as well as some 450 stakeholders representing consumer and business associations, enforcement and regulatory authorities and European Consumer Centres,...
12-03-2013

Commission recommendations for 2014 European Parliament elections

EU citizenship and free movement
07-03-2013

German Minister for the Interior Hans-Peter Friedrich and EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding emphasise the importance of the EU General Data Protection Regulation for the digital sing...

Data protection
European Commission MEMO Brussels, 7 March 2013 Today, at a joint working breakfast ahead of the Justice and Home Affairs Council, EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the European Commission, and, Hans-Peter Friedrich, the German Interior Minister, reaffirmed their shared objective of a reform of European data protection rules.
07-03-2013

Justice Council 8 March 2013

Data protection
European Commission MEMO Brussels, 7 March 2013 Main agenda items: Reform of EU data protection rules Protecting the euro against counterfeiting through criminal law European Protection Order in civil matters Lunch debate on the European Justice Scoreboard 1.
07-03-2013

Speech: The EU's Data Protection reform: Decision-Time is Now

Data protection
European Commission Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission Speech: 2nd Annual Cloud Computing Conference/Brussels 7 March 2013 Main Messages of the Speech 1/ On timing: We are at the heart of the negotiations on the legislative proposals [on data protection]. The Irish Presidency is pushing the file forwards.
06-03-2013

International Women's Day: Zero tolerance for female genital mutilation

Gender equality

Brussels, 06 March 2013 - European Commission calls for zero tolerance for female genital mutilation (FGM).

06-03-2013

International Women's Day: Zero tolerance for female genital mutilation

Gender equality

Brussels, 06 March 2013 - Female genital mutilation (FGM) is an unacceptable violation of human rights and of the rights of women and girls. It is a specific form of violence involving procedures including the partial or total removal of the external genital organs for cultural or other non-therapeutic reasons. The practice has severe short- and long-term physical and psychological consequences for the victims.

05-03-2013

EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding and German Consumer Protection Minister Ilse Aigner see European data protection reform as ‘historic opportunity’

Data protection
European Commission MEMO Brussels, 26 February 2013 The EU Justice Commissioner and Vice President of the European Commission, Viviane Reding, and the German Federal Minister for Consumer Protection, Ilse Aigner, described the planned EU General Data Protection Regulation as a ‘historic opportunity’ to modernise existing data protection rules and bring them into the...
04-03-2013

La Ministre Marie-Arlette Carlotti et la Vice-présidente Viviane Reding veulent renforcer les droits des personnes handicapées en Europe

Tackling discrimination
Commission européenne MEMO Bruxelles, 4 mars 2013 Marie-Arlette Carlotti, ministre française déléguée aux personnes handicapées et à la lutte contre l’exclusion et Viviane Reding, vice-présidente de la Commission européenne en charge de la justice, des droits fondamentaux et de la citoyenneté, se sont rencontrées à Bruxelles le lundi 4 mars 2013.
01-03-2013

Brochure March 2013: Tackling the gender pay gap in the EUpdf Choose translations of the previous link 

Gender equality

A new brochure explains what the gender pay gap is, its causes, and why closing it makes sense for both businesses and society in general. Key figures on equality between men and women in work are also provided, as well as information on the EU's work to tackle the pay gap and examples of national good practices.

28-02-2013

Equal Pay day:

Gender equality
women still earn 16.2% less than men.  Equal pay is not only fair – it makes sound business sense too.  Read how “Equality pays off” for business.  
21-02-2013

Investing in children: breaking the cycle of disadvantagepdf(133 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

Fundamental rights

The Commission has issued a comprehensive recommendation for tackling and preventing disadvantage to children at risk of poverty and social exclusion.

20-02-2013

EU Data Protection: European Parliament's Industry committee backs uniform data protection rules

Data protection
European Commission MEMO Brussels, 20 February 2013 The European Commission today welcomed the adoption of an opinion by the European Parliament’s Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE) on the Commission’s proposals to reform the EU’s data protection rules which date back to 1995 (see IP/12/46 and IP/13/57).
19-02-2013

Commission proposal to protect victims of domestic violence EU-wide will become law

Gender equality
European MEMO Brussels, 19 February 2013 Commission Victims of violence, in particular domestic violence, will be able to count on EU-wide protection. Today, the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers reached a political agreement on a proposal by the European Commission for an EU-wide protection order.
19-02-2013

Speech: EU Citizenship: A new impetus – towards the 2013 EU Citizenship report

EU citizenship and free movement
European Commission Viviane Reding European Commission Vice-President responsible for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Hearing at the European Parliament: "Making the most of EU citizenship"/Brussels 19 February 2013 Honourable Members, Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a pleasure to be here with you today.
19-02-2013

They only see my skin colour

Tackling discrimination

New "Right on" episode on Racism and Xenophobia

19-02-2013

Commission proposal to protect victims of domestic violence EU-wide will become law

Criminal Justice
European MEMO Brussels, 19 February 2013 Commission Victims of violence, in particular domestic violence, will be able to count on EU-wide protection. Today, the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers reached a political agreement in principle on a proposal by the European Commission for an EU-wide protection order.
11-02-2013

EU Data Protection Reform: Major Telecoms Operators Support Push for Level-Playing Field

Data protection
European Commission MEMO Brussels, 11 February 2013 Today, Vice-President Viviane Reding is meeting Luigi Gambardella, chairman of ETNO, who represents the leading telecommunications network operators in Europe to discuss the EU Data Protection rules proposed by the European Commission in January 2012 (see IP/12/46 and IP/13/57).
06-02-2013

Joint Statement on the International Day against Female Genital Mutilation

Gender equality
European Commission MEMO Brussels, 6 February 2013 On the occasion of the International Day of Zero Tolerance against Female Genital Mutilation (6 February 2013) High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice President of the Commission Catherine Ashton, Vice-President Viviane Reding, the EU's Justice Commissioner, Development Commissioner...
06-02-2013

The Proposed General Data Protection Regulation: The Consistency Mechanism Explained

Data protection

The main innovations of the proposed General Data Protection Regulation relate to the institutional system it creates rather than to the substance of data protection law. The consistency mechanism is at the heart of this system.

05-02-2013

Proposal to protect the euro and other currencies against counterfeiting

Criminal Justice
European Commission MEMO Strasbourg, 5 February 2013 Questions and Answers: Why do we need to protect the euro and other currencies? Counterfeiting of the euro and other currencies remains a concern throughout the European Union. The euro is particularly susceptible to counterfeiting on a transnational scale.
28-01-2013

European Data Protection Day 2013: Full speed ahead towards reliable and modern EU data protection laws

Data protection
Commission Press release Brussels, 28 January 2013 European One year ago, ahead of the European Data Protection Day 2012, the European Commission proposed a root and branch reform of the EU’s data protection rules to make them fit for the 21st century (IP/12/46).
27-01-2013

Eurobarometer 2012 on perceptions of discrimination in the EU

Tackling discrimination

The European Commission releases a new Eurobarometer on discrimination in the European Union.

25-01-2013

Regulatory pressure gets the ball rolling: Share of women on company boards up to 15.8% in Europe

Gender equality
European Commission Press release Davos, 25 January 2013 Today the Commission released mid-term figures on the share of women on boards in publicly listed companies. The new figures show an increase in the number of women on boards to 15.8%, up from 13.7% in January 2012.
25-01-2013

Digital Agenda: Commission proposes rules to make government websites accessible for all

Tackling discrimination
Over 100 million EU citizens would find it easier to use online public services to look for a job, register a car, submit a tax declaration and apply for a passport or driving license thanks to new rules proposed today by the European Commission on the International Day of People with Disability.
22-01-2013

There's distance betweeen us - Euronews Right On Episode

EU citizenship and free movement

Euronews episode of 'Right on' looks at the gap between the European Union and its citizens and how the European Commission is trying to close it.

08-01-2013

Euronews episode: Careful what you click on!

Data protection

How to save the concept of internet privacy, without putting the brakes on new technology and services.

08-01-2013

Commission welcomes European Parliament rapporteurs' support for strong EU data protection rules

Data protection
European MEMO Brussels, 10 January 2013 Commission European Parliament rapporteurs today presented two draft reports on the reform of the EU's data protection rules proposed by the European Commission just a year ago (see IP/12/46 and MEMO/12/41).
01-01-2013

European Commission kick-starts the 2013 European Year of Citizens Choose translations of the previous link 

EU citizenship and free movement

As we enter into 2013, the European Commission kicks off the European Year of Citizens, a year dedicated to you and to your rights. This European Year comes at a critical juncture in European integration.

01-01-2013

European Commission kick-starts the 2013 European Year of Citizens

EU citizenship and free movement
Press release Brussels, 1 January 2013 European Commission As we enter into 2013, the European Commission kicks off the European Year of Citizens, a year dedicated to you and to your rights. This European Year comes at a critical juncture in European integration - 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of...
20-12-2012

EU rules on gender-neutral pricing in insurance industry enter into force

Gender equality
European Commission Press release Brussels, 20 December 2012 Brussels, 20 December 2012 – Under new rules which enter force tomorrow, insurers in Europe will have to charge the same prices to women and men for the same insurance products without distinction on the grounds of sex.
20-12-2012

EU rules on gender-neutral pricing in insurance industry enter into force

Gender equality

Under new rules which are entering into force, insurers in Europe will have to charge the same prices to women and men for the same insurance products without distinction on the grounds of sex.

19-12-2012

EU approves New Zealand’s data protection standards in step to boost trade

Relations with third countries
European Commission Press release Brussels, 19 December 2012 Brussels, 19 December 2012 – The European Commission has today formally recognised the adequacy of personal data protection in New Zealand, opening the way for increased trade with the European Union.
18-12-2012

Speech - The Common European Sales Law – a useful tool for business

Civil Justice
European Commission Viviane Reding Vice-President of the Commission, European Justice Commissioner Speech - CCBE debate on the proposed Common European Sales Law / Brussels 17 December 2012 Ladies and gentlemen, Thank you very much for inviting me to speak to you today.
12-12-2012

Shattering myths and glass ceilings: launch of database of 'Global Board Ready Women'

Gender equality
European Commission Press release Strasbourg, 12 December 2012 Today the European Business Schools Women on Boards Initiative is migrating their 'Global Board Ready Women' list of 8 000 women into an online database. The women on this list all fulfil stringent criteria for Corporate Governance as defined by publicly listed...
12-12-2012

Insolvency: new proposals give businesses a second chance

Civil Justice

Businesses hit by the economic crisis will be thrown a lifeline under a new proposal from the European Commission to modernise Europe’s rules on cross-border business insolvency, helping to give otherwise viable businesses a ‘second chance’.

10-12-2012

Help! My business is collapsing - Euronews Right On Episode

Civil Justice

European insolvency laws are under review

10-12-2012

Who gets what when I die - Euronews Right On Episode

Civil Justice

Succession laws in Europe

10-12-2012

Give me what you owe me! - Euronews Right On Episode

Civil Justice

Debt recovery and Small Claims procedure in Europe

07-12-2012

Myth-busting: what Commission proposals on data protection do and don't mean

Data protection

On 25 January 2012, the Commission presented its data protection reform proposal. It sparked an intense, vibrant, fascinating debate. Here's what the reform does and does not do. It's important not to get side-tracked.

07-12-2012

Myth-busting: what Commission proposals on data protection do and don't mean

Data protection

On 25 January 2012, the Commission presented its data protection reform proposal. It sparked an intense, vibrant, fascinating debate. Here's what the reform does and does not do. It's important not to get side-tracked.

06-12-2012

Ministers adopt Commission’s reform to cut red tape in cross-border court cases

Civil Justice
European Commission Press Release Brussels, 6 December 2012 Businesses and consumers will be able to resolve cross-border legal disputes more easily, thanks to a reform adopted by European justice ministers today. Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding, the EU's Justice Commissioner, welcomed the adoption by the Council of the reformed rules to...
04-12-2012

Speech - The route to more women on supervisory boards: For an intelligent quota instead of inflexible requirements

Gender equality
European Commission Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission European Commissioner for Justice Speech - Federation of German Industries event at the Representation of the Land Baden-Württemberg to the European Union / Brussels 27 November 2012 Ladies and Gentlemen, I am very pleased to be able to speak to you...
04-12-2012

The overhaul of EU rules on data protection: making the single market work for business

Data protection
European Commission Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner 3rd Annual European Data Protection and Privacy Conference /Brussels 4 December 2012 Ladies and Gentlemen, 1995 was a long time ago. In terms of digital technologies, a different age. Since then, the internet has blossomed.
03-12-2012

Berlin wins 2013 Access City Award

Tackling discrimination

The prize has been awarded in recognition of Berlin's comprehensive and strategic approach to creating an accessible city for all.

29-11-2012

Building the Future with Europeans in the European Year of Citizens

EU citizenship and free movement
European Commission Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner Forum of the Committee of the Regions / Brussels 28 November 2012 Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a pleasure to be here with you today to discuss the European Year of Citizens 2013.
29-11-2012

Making Europe accessible

Tackling discrimination

Euronews right on episode on efforts to make European cities more accessible.

27-11-2012

European Commission takes action to protect businesses against marketing scams

Consumer policy
Press release Brussels, 27 November 2012 European Commission Brussels, 27 November 2012 – Today, the European Commission outlined a series of actions to tackle marketing scams, such as those of misleading directory companies.
27-11-2012

Speech - Protecting businesses against misleading marketing practices and ensuring effective enforcement, Commissioner Reding

Consumer policy
European Commission Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner Speech - Press Conference / Brussels 27 November 2012 Every day in Europe hundreds of small businesses fall victim to marketing scams.
27-11-2012

European Commission takes action to protect businesses against marketing scams

Consumer policy

The European Commission outlined a series of actions to tackle marketing scams, such as those of misleading directory companies.

26-11-2012

And yet it’s coming: a gender quota in business leadership

Gender equality
European Commission Ms Viviane Reding Vice-President, Member of the Commission responsible for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Women's Finance Forum / Hamburg 15 November 2012 Key statements: We did it: yesterday, the European Commission made gender equality history.
24-11-2012

Statement by Vice-President Reding ahead of the International Day for Eliminating Violence against Women

Gender equality
European Commission MEMO Brussels, 24 November 2012 Ahead of the International Day for Eliminating Violence against Women (25 November 2012), Vice-President Reding, the EU's Justice Commissioner made the following statement: “Across Europe, around 1 in 5 women have suffered physical violence at least once in their lives and 1 in...
23-11-2012

"It's about Europe. It's about you. Join the debate" – 2013 is the 'European Year of Citizens'

EU citizenship and free movement
European Commission Press release Brussels, 23 November 2012 2013 has been officially named "The European Year of Citizens". 20 years after the introduction of EU Citizenship, the year will focus both on what has already been achieved for citizens and on meeting citizens' expectations for the future.
22-11-2012

Eurobarometer 2012 on perceptions of discrimination in the EU

Tackling discrimination

The European Commission releases today a new Eurobarometer on discrimination in the European Union.

20-11-2012

European elections: citizens will be able to stand as candidates in another EU country more easily

EU citizenship and free movement
Commission Press release Brussels, 20 November 2012 European It will now be easier for EU citizens living in another Member State to stand as candidates in the 2014 European Parliament elections, following a vote on a European Commission proposal in the European Parliament today.
20-11-2012

Lithuania is the 15th EU Member State to sign up to enhanced cooperation rules to help international couples

Civil Justice
European Commission Press release Brussels, 20 November 2012 Tomorrow, the European Commission will confirm Lithuania's decision to join the enhanced cooperation procedure allowing international couples to select which country's law would apply to their divorce and legal separation.
20-11-2012

European Parliament backs rules to do away with 27 national rules for recognising judgements in cross-border court cases

Civil Justice
Commission MEMO Strasbourg, 20 November 2012 European The European Commission's proposals to help businesses and consumers resolve cross-border legal disputes more easily received the support of the European Parliament today.
19-11-2012

Commission to renegotiate Council of Europe Data Protection Convention on behalf of EU

Data protection
European MEMO Brussels, 19 November 2012 Commission Today the Commission adopted a recommendation that will allow it to negotiate the modernisation of Convention 108, the Council of Europe's convention on data protection, on behalf of the European Union.
14-11-2012

Women on Boards: Commission proposes 40% objective

Gender equality
European Commission Press release Brussels, 14 November 2012 Today the European Commission has taken action to break the glass ceiling that continues to bar female talent from top positions in Europe’s biggest companies. The Commission has proposed legislation with the aim of attaining a 40% objective of the under-represented sex...
14-11-2012

Questions and Answers: Proposal on increasing Gender Equality in the Boardrooms of Listed Companies

Gender equality
European Commission MEMO Brussels, 14 November 2012 Why do we need legislation to improve the gender balance on the boards of listed companies? At present, 91.1% of executive board members, 85% of non-executive board members and 96.8% of the boardroom chairs are men, while women make up 8.9%, 15% and...
14-11-2012

A historic day for gender equality

Gender equality
European Commission Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner Press Conference /Brussels 14 November 2012 Today is a historic day for gender equality! After decades of empty promises and failed attempts at self-regulation, we still have an effective 85% male quota on the supervisory boards of Europe's...
14-11-2012

Frauen in Führungspositionen: Kommission schlägt als Zielvorgabe 40 % vor

Gender equality

Die Europäische Kommission hat heute einen Vorschlag vorgelegt, der die „gläserne Decke“ durchbrechen soll, die qualifizierten Frauen den Weg zu Top-Positionen in Europas größten Unternehmen noch immer versperrt. Angestrebt wird ein Anteil des unterrepräsentierten Geschlechts in den Aufsichtsräten aller börsennotierten Unternehmen – mit Ausnahme der kleinen und mittleren Unternehmen – von 40 %. Die Leitungsorgane der Unternehmen werden derzeit von einem Geschlecht beherrscht: 85 % der nicht geschäftsführenden Direktoren bzw. Aufsichtsratsmitglieder und 91,1 % der geschäftsführenden Direktoren bzw. Vorstandsmitglieder sind Männer, während Frauen in diesen Positionen nur zu 15 % bzw. 8,9 % vertreten sind.

14-11-2012

Présence des femmes dans les conseils d'administration des sociétés: la Commission propose un objectif de 40%

Gender equality

La Commission européenne prend aujourd’hui une initiative pour briser le plafond de verre qui continue d’entraver l’accès des femmes de talent aux postes de décision dans les plus grandes entreprises d’Europe. Elle a proposé une directive visant à porter à 40 % la proportion du sexe sous‑représenté aux postes d’administrateurs non exécutifs dans les sociétés cotées en bourse, à l’exception des petites et moyennes entreprises. Actuellement, les conseils des sociétés (conseil d’administration, de surveillance ou directoire) sont dominés par les hommes, qui représentent 85 % des administrateurs non exécutifs et 91,1 % des administrateurs exécutifs de ces organes, contre 15 % et 8,9 % respectivement pour les femmes.

14-11-2012

Women on Boards: Commission proposes 40% objective

Gender equality

Today the European Commission has taken action to break the glass ceiling that continues to bar female talent from top positions in Europe’s biggest companies. The Commission has proposed legislation with the aim of attaining a 40% objective of the under-represented sex in non-executive board-member positions in publicly listed companies, with the exception of small and medium enterprises. Currently, boards are dominated by one gender: 85% of non-executive board members and 91.1% of executive board members are men, while women make up 15% and 8.9% respectively.

13-11-2012

Putting victims first: New rules on victims' rights to become law

Criminal Justice
European Commission Press release Brussels, 13 November 2012 A new European law to improve rights for an estimated 75 million crime victims across the European Union each year will be published in the Official Journal – the EU's statute book – tomorrow.
29-10-2012

Regional Court of Antwerp wins the Crystal Scales of Justice Prize

Civil Justice

Regional Court of Antwerp won the the 2012 European Crystal Scales of Justice prize for innovative court practices. The prize was awarded in Vilnius, marking the European Day of Civil Justice, in presence of the Minister of Justice of Lithuania. The jury examined 38 applications from some 18 European States.

25-10-2012

Summary of replies to the Green Paper on detention

Criminal Justice

Strengthening mutual trust in the European judicial area - A Green Paper on the application of EU criminal justice legislation in the field of detention.

The summary of replies has been published.

11-10-2012

European Parliament committee backs simplifying cross-border court cases for business and consumers

Civil Justice

The EP's Legal Affairs Committee voted to back the reform of rules to determine which national court has jurisdiction in cross-border cases and how court judgements issued in one EU country are recognised and enforced in another.

11-10-2012

European Parliament Committee backs rules to cut red tape for business and consumers in cross-border court cases

Civil Justice
Commission MEMO Brussels, 11 October 2012 European European Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding, the EU's Justice Commissioner, today welcomed a vote by the European Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) to support her proposals to help businesses and consumers resolve cross-border legal disputes more easily.
09-10-2012

Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner Mapping EU action on Gender Equality: from the Treaty of Rome to Quotas Harvard Club Belgium/Brussels 8 O...

Gender equality
European Commission Ladies and gentlemen, To talk about women on boards is very much en vogue these days. Discussions around that theme often turn out to become passionate or ideological. That is why it might be interesting to look back and trace the origins of today’s debates.
04-10-2012

Putting victims first: New European law improving rights for victims of crime has been adopted

Criminal Justice
European Commission Press release Luxembourg, 4 October 2012 European Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding, the EU's Justice Commissioner, today welcomed the final adoption of a new European law which will improve rights for an estimated 75 million crime victims across the EU each year.
02-10-2012

Roma integration: national representatives discuss progress and pool ideas

Tackling discrimination
European Commission MEMO Brussels, 2 October 2012 Four months after the European Commission's first report on the EU Framework for national Roma integration strategies (see IP/12/499), a network of coordinators responsible for the national Roma integration strategies from the EU's 27 Member States is today meeting in Brussels to discuss...
01-10-2012

Has anyone seen my child? - Euronews Right On Episode

Fundamental rights

An estimated one million children go missing every year in the European Union. Some cases receive a lot of media attention; others become a lonely struggle for families desperate for help.

27-09-2012

Free movement: Commission takes Belgium to Court

Civil Justice
European Commission Press release Brussels, 27 September 2012 The European Commission decided today to refer Belgium to the Court of Justice of the European Union for hindering the right to free movement of children born in Belgium who have one Belgian parent and one parent of another EU Member State...
27-09-2012

Cross-border legal disputes: Commission takes Cyprus and the Netherlands to Court for failing to transpose EU rules

Civil Justice
European Commission Press release Brussels, 27 September 2012 The European Commission is referring Cyprus and the Netherlands to the Court of Justice of the European Union for failing to notify national measures to implement EU rules easing access to justice in cross-border legal disputes.
25-09-2012

Euronews: EU to simplify cross-border trade rules

Contract law

Euronews episode of Right on takes a look at online shopping: Less than one in ten Europeans buy online from other EU countries. For both consumers and sellers, the process is simply too complicated... To boost cross-border trade, cut costs and give customers greater choice, the EU has drafted a Common European Sales Law.

24-09-2012

EU Consumers: settling small cross-border disputes without any hassle

Consumer policy
European Commission Press release Brussels, 21 September 2012 Hunting for cross-border bargains is a way for consumers to get the 'best deal' across the EU's internal market. Shopping online makes these bargains ever more accessible.
12-09-2012

Putting Victims first: Commission welcomes European Parliament vote to improve rights for 75 million crime victims

Criminal Justice
European Commission MEMO Strasbourg, 12 September 2012 European Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding, the EU's Justice Commissioner, today welcomed a vote by the European Parliament to back a new law improving rights for crime victims across the EU.
12-09-2012

Euronews: Crime victims - the lonely struggle

Criminal Justice

The Euronews episode of Right On focuses on victims' rights in the EU: Efforts are underway in Europe to make sure that victims do not also become victims of the system.

31-08-2012

Future of Europe Consultation: 10 more Days to go!

EU citizenship and free movement
European Commission Press release Brussels, 31 August 2012 Over 8404 EU-citizens have already had their say on the future of Europe by participating in the broad web-based consultation on citizens' rights and the future of Europe launched by the European Commission – the latest figures released today show.
17-08-2012

Future of Europe debate: Commission gives citizens a say in online consultation

EU citizenship and free movement

European Commission Press release Brussels, 17 August 2012 So far, over 5,500 EU-citizens have participated in one of the broadest web based consultations in the EU's history on citizens' rights and the future of Europe – the latest Commission figures released today show.

30-07-2012

Women on Boards: Vice-President Viviane Reding meets with leaders of Europe's business schools and industry

Gender equality
European Commission Press release Brussels, 19 June 2012 Today, EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding met with European Industry Associations, European Business Schools and Senior Executive Women to discuss progress being made on improving the gender balance in company boardrooms.
25-07-2012

Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner Amended Proposal for a Directive on Criminal Sanctions for Insider Dealing and Market Manipulation Joint ...

Consumer policy
European Commission Background LIBOR scandal: why are we acting? These days we are again dealing with the effects of potentially criminal misconduct in the financial markets. This time it is about interest rate-rigging by banks.
25-07-2012

Libor scandal: Commission proposes EU-wide action to fight rate-fixing

Criminal Justice
European Commission Press release Brussels, 25 July 2012 In the recent LIBOR scandal, serious concerns have been raised about false submissions of banks' estimated interbank lending rates. Any actual or attempted manipulation of such key benchmarks can have a serious impact on market integrity, and could result in significant losses...
25-07-2012

Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner Amended Proposal for a Directive on Criminal Sanctions for Insider Dealing and Market Manipulation Joint ...

Criminal Justice
European Commission Background LIBOR scandal: why are we acting? These days we are again dealing with the effects of potentially criminal misconduct in the financial markets. This time it is about interest rate-rigging by banks.
16-07-2012

Holiday season: useful tips for a worry-free summer

EU citizenship and free movement
European Commission MEMO Brussels, 10 July 2012 With the holiday season already starting and millions of Europeans intending on travelling within and outside the European Union, there are certain travel considerations that every European should be aware of.
12-07-2012

Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner The Tug-of-War over the Women Quota DLDwomen 2012/Munich 12 July 2012

Gender equality
European Commission How has society changed as the world is becoming more digital? – This is the central question of this year's DLD Women conference. Data is racing ever faster, we grow ever closer together. Totally connected, we live in a global village where technical standards are becoming more similar...
11-07-2012

Protecting taxpayers' money: Commission proposes to strengthen use of criminal law against fraudsters

Criminal Justice
European Commission Press release Brussels, 11 July 2012 Misuse of EU funds for criminal purposes puts the EU's objectives of generating jobs and growth and improving living conditions at stake. With public finances under pressure throughout the EU, every euro counts.
11-07-2012

Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner Protecting the EU's financial interests through criminal law Reding – Šemeta press conference/Brussels...

Criminal Justice
European Commission Today I am here with my colleague Algirdas, the EU’s anti-fraud Commissioner, to present the new EU rules that the Commission has just adopted to better equip us to fight against fraud damaging the EU budget.
11-07-2012

EU criminal law will protect taxpayers’ money against fraudsters

Criminal Justice

Criminal misuse of EU funds puts the EU's objectives of growth and jobs at stake. Throughout the EU, every euro counts. Proposed new rules will fight fraud against the EU budget by means of criminal law to better safeguard taxpayers' money.

10-07-2012

Victims' rights: EU Justice Commissioner Reding welcomes double vote of support from European Parliamentarians

Criminal Justice
European Commission MEMO Brussels, 10 July 2012 European Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding, the EU's Justice Commissioner, today welcomed a vote by two European Parliament committees which supports the Commission's proposals to improve rights for crime victims throughout Europe.
06-07-2012

London 2012: Reding and Vassiliou urge Olympic and Paralympic chiefs to press for better representation of women in sport

Gender equality
European Commission MEMO Brussels, 3 July 2012 More needs to be done to strengthen the representation of women in sport and in sport governing bodies, as well as the fight against discrimination and sexual harassment. This is the message in a letter from two leading European Commissioners to the Presidents...
03-07-2012

Combating antisemitism, racism and xenophobia

Fundamental rights
01-07-2012

Our fundamental rights exposed - Euronews Right On Episode

Fundamental rights

Is it a virtual strip search that reveals too much or a vital new tool in aviation security? Full body security scanners at European airports have been the focus of much debate, and held up as a prime example of why our fundamental rights need to be closely watched.

27-06-2012

When things go wrong abroad - Euronews Right On Episode

EU citizenship and free movement

What are your rights when things go wrong while travelling outside the EU? Euronews reports on consular protection of EU citizens abroad.

22-06-2012

Door-to-Door selling: Commission stands up for consumer rights Choose translations of the previous link 

Consumer policy

The European Commission has given Germany two months to comply with European Union rules protecting consumers negotiating contracts "at the doorstep"

19-06-2012

Developing a coherent EU Criminal Policy in line with Fundamental Rights: Commission gathers high-level experts

Criminal Justice
European Commission Press release Brussels, 19 June 2012 Today, Vice-President Viviane Reding, the EU's Justice Commissioner, opened the inaugural meeting of the expert group on EU criminal policy. Twenty high-level legal experts, academics and practitioners, are meeting to discuss and advise the European Commission on key questions of EU criminal...
08-06-2012

Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner Today's Justice Council: A good day for citizens and a good day for growth! Justice Council press confere...

Data protection
European Commission MAIN MESSAGES OF THE SPEECH On Brussels I Today we achieved a breakthrough on the reform of the Brussels I regulation which abolishes the time-consuming and costly 'exequatur' procedure in civil and commercial cases.
07-06-2012

EU-wide right to information at arrest is now law

Criminal Justice
European Commission Press release Brussels, 7 June 2012 "You have the right to… - a Letter of Rights". A new law to ensure defendants' right to information during criminal proceedings throughout the European Union has been published in the Official Journal – the EU's statute book.
31-05-2012

Consumers: Determined Commission action ensures timeshare protection in all EU countries Choose translations of the previous link 

Consumer policy
All Member States have now transposed the Timeshare Directive into their national law.
23-05-2012

A new European Consumer Agenda – Boosting confidence and growth by putting consumers at the heart of the Single Market Choose translations of the previous link 

Consumer policy

Only empowered and confident consumers can fully exploit the potential of the Single Market and enhance innovation and growth. This is why the European Commission's strategic vision for EU consumer policy for the years to come – adopted today - aims to maximise consumer participation and trust in the market.

23-05-2012

European Commission calls on Member States to implement national plans for Roma integration

Tackling discrimination

Brussels, 23 May 2012 – The European Commission has called on EU Member States, in a report adopted today, to implement their national strategies to improve the economic and social integration of Europe's 10 to 12 million Roma. Member States developed these plans in response to the Commission's EU Framework for national Roma integration strategies adopted on 5 April 2011 which was endorsed by EU leaders soon afterwards.

16-05-2012

Homophobia: European leaders tell young people It Gets Better

Fundamental rights
 

In Europe, growing up lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender can be challenging: difference often leads to bullying, self-harm, and sometimes suicide attempts. Studies consistently point to higher physical and mental health risks for LGBT young people.

For the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia 2012, over 50 European politicians and leaders from all EU institutions  join forces telling LGBT teenagers they are working to make things better, and put an end to homophobia and transphobia.

08-05-2012

Citizens' rights: European Commission kicks off the broadest public consultation ever and asks citizens to set future agenda

EU citizenship and free movement
European Commission - Press release Brussels, 8 May 2012 – 9 May is Europe Day. This should be more than just a day of celebration for citizens. As of tomorrow, the European Commission will be calling on citizens all over the European Union to help set the policy agenda for...
03-05-2012

Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner Strong and independent data protection authorities: the bedrock of the EU's data protection reform Spring...

Data protection
Ladies and gentlemen, I am grateful for the opportunity to continue our discussion on the reform proposal on data protection. Since I last met many of you, in December at the last Working Party 29 meeting, the Commission adopted its proposals for a reform of the EU's data protection rules.
26-04-2012

Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission: "The binding EU Charter of Fundamental Rights: Key trends two years later" Centre for European Studies Brussels, 16 April 2012 Choose translations of the previous link 

Fundamental rights

SPEECH/12/266 Ladies and Gentleman, I am very pleased to be here in the Centre for European Policy Studies to present the 2011 Annual Report on the application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. I am convinced that we need the fresh ideas of people ...

16-04-2012

European Commission makes fundamental rights a reality for citizens

Fundamental rights

Brussels, 16 April 2012 – The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights – now in force and legally binding for more than two years – has guided EU law-making from the very first draft all the way through to the statute book. The Charter sets out fundamental rights – such as freedom of expression and the protection of personal data – that reflect Europe’s common values and its constitutional heritage. The European Commission's second annual report on the Charter finds that fundamental rights concerns are increasingly embedded in EU policy-making.

Download the brochure: 2011 Report on the Application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights

16-04-2012

Progress in gender equality leads to economic growth

Gender equality

Brussels, 16 April 2012 – Improving equality between women and men is essential to the EU's response to the current economic crisis, according to the European Commission's latest annual report on gender equality. The report looks at progress over the past year in tackling the remaining gaps between women and men in employment, the economy and society in general. While some progress has been made in increasing the number of women in top jobs in business and in narrowing the gender pay gap, major challenges remain.

16-04-2012

European Commission makes fundamental rights a reality for citizens

EU citizenship and free movement
- Press release European Commission Brussels, 16 April 2012 – The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights – now in force and legally binding for more than two years – has guided EU law-making from the very first draft all the way through to the statute book.
04-04-2012

Information on a call for applications for selection of candidates for Group of Experts on cross-border insolvency

Civil Justice

The Commission hereby invites applications from individuals with a view to establishing a group of experts the Commission with the revision of Council Regulation (EC) 1346/2000 on insolvency proceedings (the "Insolvency Regulation").

30-03-2012

European Commission seeks public input on a modern system of European insolvency law

EU citizenship and free movement
- Press release European Commission Brussels, 30 March 2012 – Today, the European Commission launched a public consultation on modernising EU rules governing insolvencies. The existing rules (the Insolvency Regulation) date from 2000 and set out how bankruptcies – of companies or individuals – should be coordinated between several EU...
20-03-2012

Invisible barriers across Europe - Euronews Right On Episode

EU citizenship and free movement

Being able to move and work freely across all the EU states is a fundamental right for EU citizens from all 27 countries. Euronews report.

12-03-2012

Hungary: Commission continues accelerated infringement procedure on independence of the data protection supervisor and measures affecting the judiciary and asks additional information on ...

Data protection
European Commission - Press release Brussels, 7 March 2012 – The European Commission has today decided on further steps following Hungary’s reply to three letters of formal notice of 17 January (see IP/12/24) and their legal analysis.
12-03-2012

Hungary – infringements: Commission takes further legal steps on measures affecting the judiciary and the independence of the data protection authority, notes some progress on central b...

Data protection
Brussels, 7 March 2012 On 1 January, a new Constitution and a number of cardinal laws entered into force in Hungary. The European Commission immediately conducted a full legal analysis of the final versions of the new provisions and their compatibility with European Union Treaties and decided to launch three...
09-03-2012

Europe this week 9 March 2012

Gender equality
09 March 2012 Women in Decision-Making Persistent lack of women on company boards – EU action needed to break the glass ceiling A European Commission report shows that the number of women in company boards remains at low levels.
07-03-2012

EU-weite Veranstaltungen zur Lohngleichheit

Gender equality

Der zweite Europäische Tag der Lohngleichheit (EEPD) fand am 2. März 2012 statt. Dieser EU-weite Tag soll das Bewusstsein für das Lohngefälle zwischen Frauen und Männern in den verschiedenen EU-Mitgliedstaaten erhöhen und zu Gegenmaßnahmen auffordern, die Lücken zu schließen.

07-03-2012

Equal Pay events taking place across the EU

Gender equality

The second European Equal Pay Day (EEPD) took place on 2 March 2012. This EU-wide day aims to raise awareness of the pay gap that exists between women and men in the different EU Member States and encourage action to close it.

07-03-2012

Evénements sur l'égalité salariale dans toute l’UE

Gender equality

La deuxième Journée européenne de l'égalité salariale (JEES) s'est tenue le 2 mars 2012. Cette journée européenne a pour objectif de sensibiliser le public à l'écart de rémunération entre les femmes et les hommes dans les différents États membres de l'Union européenne et d’encourager les actions visant à le combler.

05-03-2012

Commission weighs options to break the glass ceiling for women boards

Gender equality

Brussels, 5 March 2012 – A European Commission report published today shows that limited progress towards increasing the number of women on company boards has been achieved one year after EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding called for credible self-regulatory measures. Just one in seven board members at Europe's top firms is a woman (13.7%). This is a slight improvement from 11.8% in 2010. However, it would still take more than 40 years to reach a significant gender balance (at least 40% of both sexes) at this rate.

02-03-2012

Der foreligger nu nyt materiale om de kønsbestemte lønforskelle

Gender equality

En ny internetvideosekvens, som fremhæver det absurde ved lønforskellene mellem kvinder og mænd, er blandt det nye materiale, der nu findes på dette websted. Vi opfordrer dig til at sende den til dine kontakter for bidrage til at sikre, at den når ud til et bredt publikum.

02-03-2012

Informazioni sulle politiche UE relative al divario di retribuzione tra uomini e donne

Gender equality

Un nuovo clip web che evidenzia il paradosso del divario di retribuzione tra uomini e donne, è ora disponibile su questo sito web. L'UE invita a diffondere questa informazione tra i propri contatti per consentire il coinvolgimento di un vasto pubblico.

02-03-2012

Jau yra naujos medžiagos apie užmokesčio atotrūkį pagal lytį

Gender equality

Šioje svetainėje pateikiamas naujas internetinis vaizdo įrašas, kuriame pabrėžiamas nevienodo vyrų ir moterų darbo užmokesčio absurdiškumas. Kviečiame jus persiųsti jį savo kontaktams, kad jis pasiektų kuo didesnę auditoriją.

02-03-2012

Materjal ġdid dwar id-diskrepanza fil-pagi bejn in-nisa u l-irġiel issa huwa disponibbli

Gender equality

Klipp ġdid fuq il-web li jenfasizza l-assurdità tal-inugwaljanzi fil-pagi bejn in-nisa u l-irġiel huwa fost il-materjal ġdid li issa huwa disponibbli fuq dan is-sit elettroniku. Nistiednuk li tgħaddih lill-kuntatti tiegħek biex tgħin fl-iżgurar li dan jasal għand udjenza kbira.

02-03-2012

Na voljo je novo gradivo o razliki v plačilu med ženskami in moškimi

Gender equality

Med novim gradivom, ki je zdaj dostopno na tem spletnem mestu, je tudi nov spletni videoposnetek, ki opozarja na nesmiselnost neenakosti pri plačilu med ženskami in moškimi. Pozivamo vas, da ga posredujete svojim stikom in tako pomagate zagotoviti, da bo dosegel široko občinstvo.

02-03-2012

Neue Materialien zum geschlechtsspezifischen Lohngefälle jetzt verfügbar

Gender equality

Ein neuer Webclip, der die Absurdität der ungleichen Bezahlung von Frauen und Männern aufzeigt, ist eines der neuen Materialien, die nun auf dieser Webseite verfügbar sind. Wir laden Sie ein, ihn an Ihre Kontakte weiterzuleiten und so dabei zu helfen, dass er ein breites Publikum erreicht.

02-03-2012

New materials on the gender pay gap now available

Gender equality

A new web clip that highlights the absurdity of pay inequalities between women and men is among the new materials now available on this website. We invite you to forward it to your contacts to help ensure it reaches a large audience.

02-03-2012

Nieuw materiaal over het loonverschil tussen vrouwen en mannen nu beschikbaar

Gender equality

Er is een nieuw filmpje over de absurditeit van beloningsongelijkheid tussen vrouwen en mannen beschikbaar op deze website. Wij nodigen u uit het filmpje naar uw contactpersonen door te sturen om ervoor te zorgen dat het een zo groot mogelijk publiek bereikt.

02-03-2012

Noi materiale privind diferenţa de remunerare între femei şi bărbaţi disponibile acum

Gender equality

Printre noile materiale care sunt acum disponibile pe acest site web se numără un nou clip video pe internet, care evidenţiază absurditatea inegalităţilor de remunerare între femei şi bărbaţi. Vă invităm să îl redirecţionaţi contactelor dumneavoastră, pentru a contribui la înregistrarea unei largi audienţe.

02-03-2012

Nouveaux supports disponibles sur l’écart de rémunération entre les femmes et les hommes

Gender equality

Les nouveaux supports désormais disponibles sur le site web incluent un nouveau clip mettant en lumière l'absurdité des inégalités salariales entre les femmes et les hommes. Nous vous invitons à le transmettre à vos contacts afin de toucher le plus large public possible.

02-03-2012

Novos materiais disponíveis sobre as disparidades salariais entre homens e mulheres

Gender equality

Entre os novos materiais já disponíveis neste Web site, encontrará um novo Web Clip que destaca o absurdo das desigualdades de remuneração entre homens e mulheres. Convidamo-lo a que o partilhe com os seus contactos para garantir que alcança uma maior audiência.

02-03-2012

Nové materiály o rozdieloch v odmeňovaní medzi ženami a mužmi sú teraz dostupné

Gender equality

Nový internetový videoklip, ktorý zvýrazňuje nezmyselnosť rozdielov v odmeňovaní medzi ženami a mužmi, je teraz spolu s novými materiálmi dostupný na tejto webovej stránke. Vyzývame vás, aby ste ho rozposlali svojim známym a pomohli nám zaistiť, aby sa dostal k širokému publiku.

02-03-2012

Nové materiály o rozdílech v odměňování žen a mužů

Gender equality

Mezi novými materiály na těchto webových stránkách nyní najdete nový internetový spot, který upozorňuje na nesmyslnost rozdílného odměňování žen a mužů. Přepošlete prosím spot vašim přátelům a známým, aby se dostal k co nejširšímu publiku.

02-03-2012

Nowe materiały na temat różnicy w wynagrodzeniu dla kobiet i mężczyzn są już dostępne

Gender equality

Na stronie wśród nowych materiałów jest już dostępny klip wideo, w którym podkreślono absurdalność nierównego wynagrodzenia dla kobiet i mężczyzn. Zachęcamy do przesłania go innym, aby dotarł do szerokiego grona odbiorców.

02-03-2012

Nu finns nytt material om löneskillnaden mellan kvinnor och män

Gender equality

Ett nytt webbklipp som visar det absurda i löneskillnader mellan kvinnor och män finns nu tillgängligt på den här webbplatsen. Vi vill be dig vidarebefordra detta till dina kontakter för att bidra till att säkerställa att det når ut till en bred allmänhet.

02-03-2012

Nüüd on saadaval uusi materjale soolise palgaerinevuse kohta

Gender equality

Sellel veebisaidil nüüd saadaolevate materjalide hulka kuuluv uus veebiklipp, mis toob esile meeste ja naiste palgaerinevuste absurdsuse. Kutsume teid üles seda oma kontaktidele edasi saatma, et tagada selle laialdane levik.

02-03-2012

Sukupuolten palkkaeroa koskevia uusia materiaaleja nyt saatavilla

Gender equality

Tällä verkkosivustolla on nyt saatavilla uusi verkkoleike, jossa korostetaan naisten ja miesten palkkaerojen järjenvastaisuutta. Kehotamme sinua välittämään sen yhteyshenkilöillesi, jotta se saavuttaa suuren yleisön.

02-03-2012

Ya está disponible el nuevo material sobre las diferencias de retribución entre hombres y mujeres

Gender equality

Entre este nuevo material, ya disponible en esta página web, figura un nuevo clip en el que se pone de manifiesto el poco sentido que tienen las desigualdades salariales entre mujeres y hombres. Le invitamos a que se lo envíe a sus contactos para que su difusión sea máxima.

02-03-2012

Új anyagok érhetők el a nők és a férfiak közötti bérszakadékkal kapcsolatban

Gender equality

A webhelyen az újdonságok között már elérhető egy új webklip, amely rávilágít a nők és a férfiak közötti bérezési egyenlőtlenségek abszurditására. Továbbítsa ismerőseinek is, hogy még szélesebb közönséghez jusson el!

02-03-2012

Šobrīd ir pieejami jauni materiāli par atšķirībām darba samaksā sievietēm un vīriešiem

Gender equality

Šajā tīmekļa vietnē pieejamo jauno materiālu vidū ir arī jauns videoklips, kurā ir uzsvērts, cik absurda ir vīriešu un sieviešu darba samaksas nevienlīdzība. Mēs aicinām pārsūtīt šo informāciju Jūsu kontaktpersonām, lai tā sasniegtu plašāku sabiedrību.

02-03-2012

Τώρα υπάρχουν νέα υλικά για το μισθολογικό χάσμα μεταξύ των δυο φύλων

Gender equality

Ανάμεσα στα νέα υλικά που υπάρχουν τώρα σε αυτή την ιστοσελίδα είναι ένα νέο διαδικτυακό κλιπ που τονίζει τον παραλογισμό των ανισοτήτων στις αμοιβές μεταξύ γυναικών και ανδρών. Σας προσκαλούμε να το προωθήσετε στις επαφές σας ώστε να διασφαλιστεί ότι θα προσεγγίσει ένα ευρύ ακροατήριο.

02-03-2012

Нови материали за разликата в заплащането на жените и мъжете

Gender equality

Сред новите материали, които вече са на уебсайта, е нов клип, който подчертава абсурдността на неравенството в заплащането на жените и мъжете. Приканваме ви да го изпратите на хората, с които общувате, за да помогнете той да достигне до широка аудитория.

01-03-2012

Protecting your data, protecting you.

Data protection

70% of EU citizens are worried about the misuse of their personal data. That's why the EU is developing rules to strengthen your right to access, change or delete your data. And it's adding a 'Right to be Forgotten' online, letting you remove all your data from a website as soon as you want it gone. Because your personal data, it's you.

17-02-2012

Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner Increasing gender balance on company boards: Good for businesses and the economy Press conference after t...

Gender equality
Today was the first time that ministers debated at EU level how to improve the participation of women on company boards. Everyone agreed that there is a problem with women’s participation at the top level of companies. There was unanimity that we need to do something.
27-01-2012

Europe this week 27 January 2012

Data protection
27 January 2012 Table of content: Data Protection Safeguarding fundamental rights – Adapting EU data protection to the digital age to clear citizens' doubts about the cloud EU Decision-Making Countdown on the European Citizens' Initiative - Proactive policy proposals soon on the table Data Protection Safeguarding fundamental rights – Adapting...
27-01-2012

Data Protection Day: safeguarding privacy rights

Data protection
Davos, 27 January 2012 28 January is European Data Protection Day, a joint initiative by the European Commission and the Council of Europe to raise awareness of how people's personal information is dealt with and their rights to data protection.
25-01-2012

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25-01-2012

Commission proposes a comprehensive reform of the data protection rules

Data protection

Brussels, 25 January 2012 – The European Commission has today proposed a comprehensive reform of the EU's 1995 data protection rules to strengthen online privacy rights and boost Europe's digital economy. Technological progress and globalisation have profoundly changed the way our data is collected, accessed and used. In addition, the 27 EU Member States have implemented the 1995 rules differently, resulting in divergences in enforcement. A single law will do away with the current fragmentation and costly administrative burdens, leading to savings for businesses of around €2.3 billion a year. The initiative will help reinforce consumer confidence in online services, providing a much needed boost to growth, jobs and innovation in Europe.

24-01-2012

Promoting equal treatment for all. Play video

Tackling discrimination

1 in 6 Europeans have some sort of disability. This should not be an obstacle to their equal access to jobs, public services or new technology. The Roma are the largest ethnic minority in Europe. As equal EU citizens, they enjoy the same rights as everyone else in Europe, and should be allowed to enjoy them without facing discrimination or exclusion.

24-01-2012

Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner The EU Data Protection Reform 2012: Making Europe the Standard Setter for Modern Data Protection Rules in...

Data protection
Ladies and gentlemen, I am glad to be back at the DLD (Digital, Life, Design). Since its foundation in 2005, this one-of-a kind conference allows people from business, technology, media and politics to exchange dreams and experiences about the transformation of markets, culture and society through digital technologies and the...
17-01-2012

European Commission launches accelerated infringement proceedings against Hungary Choose translations of the previous link 

Fundamental rights

The European Commission has started legal action against Hungary over new legislation that came into force at the beginning of the year under Hungary's new constitution.

13-01-2012

Statement of the European Commission on the situation in Hungary on 11 January 2012 Choose translations of the previous link 

Fundamental rights

Following developments in 2011 related to the new Hungarian Constitution and the commitments taken by the Commission at that time to closely monitor the situation, the Commission has been working with the Hungarian authorities over recent months during the preparation of the draft cardinal laws implementing the new Constitution. The Commission has raised concerns on the compatibility of these laws with European Union law.

 

04-01-2012

The Kids' Corner

Fundamental rights

The European Union easily explained: Commission launches website dedicated to children that includes information about children's rights.

22-12-2011

European Commission gives guidance to Europe's insurance industry to ensure non-discrimination between women and men in insurance premiums

Gender equality

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 22 December 2011 – The European Commission has today adopted guidelines to help the insurance industry implement unisex pricing, after the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that different premiums ...

17-12-2011

Improving your choice for buying and selling. Play video

Consumer policy

Only 8% of consumers shop online from other European countries. New EU rules give the online shopper the option of choosing a European sales contract. This will make it easier and cheaper for you to buy and return online your favourite products, and will give you the trust that your rights are being protected across Europe. This optional European contract will also help businesses grow, by letting them trade anywhere in Europe under the same rules and without additional costs.

14-12-2011

European Commission puts town twinning, remembrance of Europe’s history and civil society debate about Europe at the heart of new ‘Europe for Citizens’ programme

EU citizenship and free movement
- Press release European Commission Brussels, 14 December 2011 –Today, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a new ‘Europe for Citizens’ programme that aims to increase citizens' awareness and understanding of the European Union.
13-12-2011

European Commission seeks public input on measures to break down barriers to disabled people

Tackling discrimination
- Press release European Commission Brussels, 13 December 2011 – Today, the European Commission launched a public consultation on its future plans for breaking down barriers to Europeans with disabilities. The consultation will help the Commission to prepare its proposals for a European Accessibility Act, planned for autumn 2012.
01-12-2011

More women in top jobs key to economic growth, says EU report

Gender equality
Brussels, 25 March 2010 Only one in 10 board members of Europe's biggest listed companies is a woman and all central bank governors in the EU are male. The economy would benefit by having full representation of both men and women in top positions, says a new report presented by...
01-12-2011

European Commission convenes legal expert group to seek solutions on contract law

Contract law
Brussels, 21 May 2010 The European Commission, seeking to boost cross-border trade and to ensure strong rights for consumers, convened a new expert group to propose ways to improve contract law in the European Union. The group of 18 contract law experts, lawyers and consumer representatives met for the first...
29-11-2011

Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner Building trust in the Digital Single Market: Reforming the EU’s data protection rules Conference organi...

Data protection
Ladies and gentlemen, I am delighted to be with you today to discuss the reform of the European Union data protection laws and its impact on businesses. The collection and storage of personal information are now essential elements of almost all companies’ daily business – from insurance firms and banks...
21-11-2011

Directive on combating the sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of children and child pornographypdf

Fundamental rights

The directive will harmonise around twenty relevant criminal offences, at the same time setting high level of penalties.

 

19-11-2011

Commission strengthens the justice and fundamental rights dimension of future EU budgets

Fundamental rights
European - Press release Commission Brussels, 15 November 2011 – People in Europe need to feel at ease when they live, travel, or shop in a Member State other than their own. They should be able to rely on access to justice no matter where they are in the EU.
19-11-2011

Commission strengthens the justice and fundamental rights dimension of future EU budgets

EU citizenship and free movement
European - Press release Commission Brussels, 15 November 2011 – People in Europe need to feel at ease when they live, travel, or shop in a Member State other than their own. They should be able to rely on access to justice no matter where they are in the EU.
19-11-2011

Commission strengthens the justice and fundamental rights dimension of future EU budgets

Civil Justice
European - Press release Commission Brussels, 15 November 2011 – People in Europe need to feel at ease when they live, travel, or shop in a Member State other than their own. They should be able to rely on access to justice no matter where they are in the EU.
17-11-2011

EU Platform for Roma Inclusion: Frequently asked questions

Tackling discrimination
Brussels, 17 November 2011 Who are the Roma? There are around 10-12 million Roma people in Europe. They have been part of Europe for centuries and are integral to its society and economy, but frequently face prejudice, intolerance, discrimination and exclusion.
16-11-2011

Consular Protection. Play Video

EU citizenship and free movement

90 million Europeans travel outside the EU each year. 30 million Europeans live in a non-EU country. The EU is looking after its citizens throughout the world, enabling you to ask for help from any EU embassy if your own country doesn't have one where you are.

16-11-2011

Stop discrimination newsletter - winter 2011 editionpdf(3 MB) Choose translations of the previous link 

Tackling discrimination

The winter edition of the Stop Discrimination Newsletter focuses on the Fifth Equality Summit of 14-15 November 2011 in Poznan, Poland which dealt with how equality policy is being implemented at regional and local level across the European Union. Lina Papamichalopoulou, head of the team working on non-discrimination policies at the European Commission, Directorate-General for Justice, gives an interview about her role, the theme of the Summit and what she thinks are the main challenges for the coming years in the field of equality and anti-discrimination

16-11-2011

Improving your choice for buying and selling. Play video

Contract law

Only 8% of consumers shop online from other European countries. New EU rules give the online shopper the option of choosing a European sales contract. This will make it easier and cheaper for you to buy and return online your favourite products, and will give you the trust that your rights are being protected across Europe. This optional European contract will also help businesses grow, by letting them trade anywhere in Europe under the same rules and without additional costs.

16-11-2011

Helping international couples. Play video

Civil Justice

There are around 16 million international couples in the EU. The EU is agreeing common rules to simplify their joint property rights, and to let them choose which national law to use in case of divorce.

16-11-2011

Supporting victims of crime. Play video

Criminal Justice

75 million Europeans each year become victims of crime. The European Union is guaranteeing their right to support, protection and access to justice. Wherever you are in the EU. Also, 8 million Europeans a year are accused or suspected of a crime. The EU is defending their rights to a fair trial: guaranteeing the right to information, translation and interpretation, access to a lawyer, and to contact their family and consulate when in another EU country.

16-11-2011

Fair trial rights: EU governments agree on the right to information in criminal proceedings

Criminal Justice
European Commission - Press release Brussels, 16 November 2011 – EU Member State representatives today agreed on a draft law that will ensure defendants’ right to information in criminal proceedings wherever they are in the EU.
15-11-2011

The Fifth annual Seminar between the European Commission and the Government of the State of Israel on the fight against racism, xenophobia and antisemitism

Fundamental rights

The Fifth annual Seminar between the European Commission and the Government of the State of Israel on the fight against racism, xenophobia and antisemitism took place on 26 and 27 October in Brussels and Mechelen.

15-11-2011

EU strengthens consular rights to help Europeans abroad

EU citizenship and free movement

The European Commission has proposed to improve assistance for EU citizens caught in crisis situations – such as those that occurred in Japan, Libya or Egypt this year – and day-to-day emergencies when travelling abroad. The aim is to ease cooperation between consular authorities and strengthen European citizens' right to consular protection.

15-11-2011

Commission strengthens the justice and fundamental rights dimension of future EU budgets

Criminal Justice
European - Press release Commission Brussels, 15 November 2011 – People in Europe need to feel at ease when they live, travel, or shop in a Member State other than their own. They should be able to rely on access to justice no matter where they are in the EU.
10-11-2011

Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner The optional Common European Sales Law – Seizing the opportunity! Conference on European Contract Law W...

Contract law
Dear guests, dear colleagues, I am glad to see so many of you at this very timely conference on the future of European contract law. I would like to thank our Polish colleagues for the warm welcome they have given us in Warsaw and for the excellent organisation of this...
08-11-2011

Working together for Roma inclusion - The EU framework explainedpdf(2 MB) Choose translations of the previous link 

Tackling discrimination

This publication provides guidance on the key elements of the EU Framework for national Roma integration strategies adopted on 5 April 2011 by the European Commission. It also highlights existing good practices and tools that can provide support and help orientate policymaking. It is designed to be used by national and local decision makers. It will be available in all EU languages

20-10-2011

Criminal sanctions for insider dealing and market abuse

Criminal Justice

Investors who trade on inside information and manipulate markets by spreading false information or rumours may face sanctions under proposed EU-wide rules.

18-10-2011

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton commits to EU gender balance target

Gender equality
European Commission - Press release Brussels, 12 July 2011 - LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton today signed the “Women on the Board Pledge for Europe”, voluntarily committing to increase women’s corporate boardroom presence to 30% by 2015 and to 40% by 2020. At the same time, three Greek companies (G.
18-10-2011

EU Justice Commissioner Reding challenges business leaders to increase women’s presence on corporate boards with “Women on the Board Pledge for Europe”

Gender equality
Brussels, 1 March 2011 Following meetings today with business leaders and social partners on women in decision-making (see IP/11/242), EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding challenged publicly listed companies in Europe to sign a “Women on the Board Pledge for Europe” by March 2012.
11-10-2011

European Commission proposes an optional Common European Sales Law to boost trade and expand consumer choice

Consumer policy
- Press release European Commission Brussels, 11 October 2011 – Despite the success of the EU's Single Market, barriers to cross-border trade remain. Many of these result from divergent sales laws between the 27 Member States. They make selling abroad complicated and costly, especially for small firms.
11-10-2011

An optional Common European Sales Law: Frequently asked questions

Consumer policy
Brussels, 11 October 2011 What is the Common European Sales Law about? Consumers and businesses – especially small companies – are not using the full potential of a Single Market of 500 million people. At present, 44% of Europeans say they do not buy abroad because they are uncertain of...
11-10-2011

Common European Sales Law to boost trade and expand consumer choice

Contract law

The optional Common European Sales Law will help break down the trade barriers and give consumers more choice and a high level of protection. It will offer a single set of rules for cross-border contracts in all 27 EU countries.

10-10-2011

EU committed to achieving universal abolition of the death penalty Choose translations of the previous link 

Fundamental rights

10 October marks the World and European Day against the Death Penalty. The abolition of the death penalty worldwide is one of the main objectives of the EU’s human rights policy. The EU considers the death penalty inhumane and a violation of human dignity.

10-10-2011

European and World Day against the Death Penaltypdf

Fundamental rights

Joint declaration by Catherine Ashton, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, on the European and World Day against the Death Penalty.

10-10-2011

New EU rules on consumer rights to enter into force

Consumer policy
Brussels, 10 October 2011 The new EU Consumer Rights Directive has been formally adopted today by Member States in the EU's Council of Ministers. The new legislation will strengthen consumers' rights in all 27 EU countries, particularly when shopping online.
03-10-2011

Consumers: the European Commission asks Belgium and France to comply with EU rules on unfair practices

Consumer policy
European Commission - Press release Brussels, 29 September 2011 - The European Commission has today stepped up legal action against Belgium and France for non-compliance with the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive (Directive 2005/29/EC).
29-09-2011

Consumers: the European Commission takes action to enforce timeshare protection

Consumer policy
European Commission - Press release Brussels, 29 September 2011 - The European Commission has decided to step up legal action against Spain, Poland, Slovenia and Lithuania to ensure that consumers benefit from the protection granted under EU rules on timeshare sales (Directive 2008/122/EC).
26-09-2011

Gender Balance: Business schools are crucial to getting more women into top jobs

Gender equality
European Commission - Press release Brussels, 26 September 2011 - EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding today met with leaders of Europe's business schools to discuss how to improve the gender balance in company boardrooms by encouraging more young women to follow a career in business.
26-09-2011

Citizens' factsheets

EU citizenship and free movement

The Commission will launch a debate with the European Parliament and the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee, the Committee of the Regions, and with civil society, on how EU citizens can get the most out of citizenship. In 2013 the Commission will present an assssment of the main actions, which are outlined in the following factsheets.

21-09-2011

EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding meets with leaders of Europe’s insurance industry

Contract law
Brussels, 21 September 2011 European Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding is today meeting with leaders of European insurance companies to discuss European contract law in the insurance sector, the follow-up to the Court of Justice of the European Union's 1 March Test-Achats ruling on gender discrimination in insurance pricing, limitation periods...
20-09-2011

Towards a reasonable use of criminal law to better enforce EU rules and help protect taxpayers' money

Criminal Justice
European Commission - Press release Brussels, 20 September 2011 – Fighting crime is a priority for Europeans (see Annex). Citizens expect that criminals cannot hide behind borders or exploit differences between national legal systems. At the same time, criminal law is still a relatively young field at EU level.
19-09-2011

Conference "Equality between women and men"

Gender equality

The Directorate-General Justice of the European Commission organised the conference "Equality between Women and Men" in Brussels on 19 and 20 September 2011.

08-09-2011

Victims' rights factsheets

Criminal Justice

Throughout the EU, more than 75 million people are victims of serious crime every year. The following factsheets provide guidance for victims to safeguard their rights.

11-08-2011

European Commission proposes to make 2013 the "European Year of Citizens"

EU citizenship and free movement
- Press release European Commission Brussels, 11 August 2011 – Union citizenship and the rights that go with it are one of the key pillars of the European Union. As we mark the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Union citizenship under the Maastricht Treaty, on 1 November 1993, the...
29-07-2011

New tool to fight Unfair Commercial Practices Choose translations of the previous link 

Consumer policy

The Commission has developed a new tool to support national enforcers in achieving a common understanding and a uniform application of the Directive on Unfair Commercial Practices.

This legal database makes it possible to compare decisions and national case-law of the Member States.

29-07-2011

Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner Opening trade and opportunities: From the Hanseatic League to European Contract Law Informal meeting of t...

Contract law
Sopot, Poland 19 July, 2011 Dear Krzysztof, dear Ministers of Justice, The Polish government was truly inspired to kick off its Presidency in the field of justice in Gdansk, right on the shores of the Baltic Sea. The Presidency has put the theme of European contract law high on the...
27-07-2011

Going on holiday? Support is available for EU Citizens in moments of need

EU citizenship and free movement
European Commission - Press release Brussels, 27 July 2011 – One in six Europeans plan to take their main holiday outside the EU this year (see Annex). Overall, Europeans take around 90 million trips outside the EU every year for business or pleasure.
22-07-2011

European Commission takes action to ease access to justice in cross-border legal disputes

Civil Justice
- Press release European Commission Brussels, 22 July 2011 – Settling disputes and disagreements through courts is often costly and time-consuming. Cross-border cases are particularly complex due to different national laws and practical matters like costs or language.
12-07-2011

EU-Justice Commissioner Reding on UK's Kenneth Clarke's support for EU victims of crime proposal

EU citizenship and free movement
Brussels, 12 July 2011 "I welcome Justice Minister Kenneth Clarke's recommendation that the UK join the negotiations on the Commission’s proposal for a Directive on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime. This will allow the UK to play its part fully in the upcoming negotiations in the...
06-07-2011

EU Justice Commissioner Reding welcomes the European Parliament’s strong support for more women in economic decision-making positions

Gender equality
Brussels, 5 July 2011 On the occasion of the European Parliament's vote on the report on women and business leadership, Vice-President Viviane Reding, the EU's Justice Commissioner, said: "It is good news that the European Parliament supports the European Commission's approach towards more women in economic decision-making positions.
06-07-2011

Statement by Vice-President Reding on the European Parliament's vote on the Voss report

Data protection
Brussels, 6 July 2011 The European Parliament approved a report by German Christian Democrat Axel Voss today that supports the Commission’s reform of the 1995 Data Protection Directive. The report states that people must be able to have their data easily deleted, corrected or blocked and be informed about any...
28-06-2011

Consumer Rights: 10 ways the new EU Consumer Rights Directive will give people stronger rights when they shop online

Consumer policy
Brussels, 23 June 2011 Good news for consumers: new EU legislation will strengthen their rights in all 27 Member States. The European Parliament today adopted – by an overwhelming majority (615 for, 16 against, 21 abstentions) – the Consumer Rights Directive, which the European Commission proposed in October 2008 (IP/08/1474).
24-06-2011

EU leaders endorse Commission's plan for Roma integration

EU citizenship and free movement
European Commission - Press release Brussels, 24 June 2011 – The European Commission's EU framework for national Roma integration strategies (IP11/400, MEMO/11/216) was endorsed at the highest political level. European leaders meeting in Brussels today backed a plan to end the centuries-old exclusion of the continent's Roma minority.
24-06-2011

European Commission invites nominations for anti-discrimination journalist award

Tackling discrimination

The European Commission launched the 2011 competition of the EU Journalist Award – Together against discrimination! The award – the only competition for print and online journalists focused on discrimination and diversity issues in the EU – recognises journalists who contribute to a better public understanding of diversity and discrimination issues in the EU. The EU-wide winner and the two runners up will receive vouchers with a value of €5,000, €3,500 and €2,500, respectively. Registration deadline: 10 November 2011 at 12.00 (midday-CET).

24-06-2011

EU leaders endorse Commission's plan for Roma integration

Tackling discrimination
European Commission - Press release Brussels, 24 June 2011 – The European Commission's EU framework for national Roma integration strategies (IP11/400, MEMO/11/216) was endorsed at the highest political level. European leaders meeting in Brussels today backed a plan to end the centuries-old exclusion of the continent's Roma minority.
21-06-2011

Children and families to benefit from new EU rules on maintenance payments

Civil Justice
European Commission - Press release Brussels, 21 June 2011 - Under new EU-wide rules which apply as of this week, children across the EU will benefit from speedier maintenance payments when families split up. With an estimated 16 million international couples in the EU and 1 million divorces every year,...
20-06-2011

Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner Assuring data protection in the age of the internet BBA (British Bankers' Association) Data Protection an...

Data protection
Ladies and gentlemen, I am delighted to be here at the British Bankers' Association's Data Protection and Privacy Conference to share with you my ideas on the upcoming data protection reform for Europe. The protection of personal data is one of the basic values for people in Europe, for the...
17-06-2011

Sale of consumer goods: Commission closes case against Czech Republic

Consumer policy
European Commission - Press release Brussels, 16 June 2011 - The European Commission closed infringement proceedings against the Czech Republic after it improved its rules for consumers wishing to return faulty goods. The Commission had taken legal action against the Czech Republic to ensure that it correctly transposed Directive 99/44/EC...
16-06-2011

Environmental crimes: Commission asks 12 Member States to implement EU rules

Criminal Justice
European Commission - Press release Brussels, 16 June 2011 - The European Commission has given 13 Member States two months to transpose EU rules laying down criminal penalties against sea pollution and other environmental offences.
15-06-2011

Joint statement by High Representative/Vice-President Catherine Ashton, Vice-President Viviane Reding, Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs and Commissioner for Trade Karel De Guc...

Fundamental rights
Brussels, 12 June 2011 “Today we commemorate World Day against Child Labour. The EU welcomes a steady decline in child labour since 2006 when the International Labour Organisation (ILO) set a visionary target to eliminate the worst forms of child labour by 2016.
14-06-2011

European Commission seeks views on detention in the EU's area of justice

Criminal Justice
- Press release European Commission Brussels, 14 June 2011 – Europeans must have confidence that they will be treated to similar standards of protection no matter where they are in the European Union. EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding presented a Green Paper today asking 10 questions on how to strengthen...
09-06-2011

European Commission welcomes Parliament's support for an optional Europe-wide contract law

Contract law
- Press release European Commission Strasbourg, 8 June 2011 - The European Parliament, in a vote of its 736 members plenary today, with an overwhelming majority (521 in favour, 145 against, 8 abstentions) backed optional EU-wide rules for businesses and consumers who are concluding contracts in the Single Market.
09-06-2011

Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner Putting Victims first – Better protection and support for victims of crime Conference "Victims of Crime...

Criminal Justice
Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a great pleasure to be with you today to discuss victims rights. First of all, I want to thank the European Law Academy – ERA for organising this conference. I very much appreciate the central role of ERA in promoting knowledge and training on EU...
08-06-2011

Right of access to a lawyer and communication with a family member: Frequently asked questions

Civil Justice
Brussels, 8 June 2011 How will suspects’ rights be guaranteed by the European Commission’s proposal? The Commission’s proposal sets out European Union-wide minimum standards on the right of access to a lawyer for suspects and accused persons and on the right of people in detention to communicate with a person...
08-06-2011

European Commission to guarantee suspects’ rights to speak with a lawyer, inform family of arrest

Criminal Justice
- Press release European Commission Brussels, 8 June 2011 – A 22-year-old man went on holiday abroad to attend a football match. Following the game, he went to a bar with his friends. A riot broke out and he was arrested.
07-06-2011

Viviane Reding EU Justice Commissionner, Vice-President of the European Commission The Next Steps Towards a European Contract Law for Businesses and Consumers Keynote Speech at the Confer...

Contract law
Dear Professor Stuyck, dear Professor Schulze, Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a pleasure to be with you today to discuss the challenges of European Contract Law. I am impressed to see so many bright legal minds from all over Europe who have come to Leuven for this purpose: Judges from...
01-06-2011

European Commission welcomes foundation of the European Law Institute

Civil Justice
- Press release European Commission Paris, 1 June 2011 – Viviane Reding, the European Union’s Justice Commissioner, marked the foundation of the European Law Institute as an important contributor to the EU’s wider goal of building a European area of justice.
01-06-2011

European Commission welcomes foundation of the European Law Institute

Criminal Justice
- Press release European Commission Paris, 1 June 2011 – Viviane Reding, the European Union’s Justice Commissioner, marked the foundation of the European Law Institute as an important contributor to the EU’s wider goal of building a European area of justice.
23-05-2011

Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner Moving Justice centre-stage Plenary session of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) Lux...

Civil Justice
Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a great pleasure for me to be taking part in your plenary this morning. I am conscious that I am the first Commissioner with dedicated responsibilities for the Justice portfolio. That brings with it the need to understand the concerns of the legal profession.
23-05-2011

Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner Moving Justice centre-stage Plenary session of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) Lux...

Criminal Justice
Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a great pleasure for me to be taking part in your plenary this morning. I am conscious that I am the first Commissioner with dedicated responsibilities for the Justice portfolio. That brings with it the need to understand the concerns of the legal profession.
20-05-2011

Statement by Vice President Viviane Reding, EU Justice Commissioner, on Japan's move to sign the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction

Fundamental rights
Brussels, 20 May 2011 “Today’s news that Japan is taking steps to sign the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction is a very positive development,” said EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding. “I have repeatedly encouraged the Japanese authorities over the past year to join the Convention.
19-05-2011

Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner Ensuring better protection of crime victims Press Conference Brussels, 18 May 2011

Criminal Justice
Any one of us can fall victim to a crime, be it at home, be it abroad. Just imagine that you walk out of your home, you go to the cinema, and you are attacked by two people. You are knocked down, punched in the face, they grab your wallet,...
18-05-2011

Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner The reform of the EU Data Protection Directive: the impact on businesses European Business Summit Brussel...

Data protection
The growth of the internet economy brings tremendous economic benefits. This needs to be taken very much into account when the EU will start working on a new, modern and comprehensive framework for data protection across our continent later this year.
18-05-2011

European Commission ensures better protection of crime victims

Criminal Justice
Brussels, 18 May 2011 A tourist from Poland is mugged and badly injured while visiting Paris. An Italian teenager is attacked outside a metro station in Helsinki. Throughout the EU, an estimated 75 million people may be victims of crime every year.
18-05-2011

Victims' rights: Frequently asked questions

Criminal Justice
Brussels, 18 May 2011 How many people are victims of crime in the EU? Crime can affect us all. In fact, many millions of people in the European Union fall victim to crime every year. According to Eurostat data, around 30 million criminal offences against persons or property, excluding minor...
04-05-2011

"Women on the Board Pledge for Europe” signed by Guerlain and FES Consulting

Gender equality
Brussels, 4 May 2011 EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding announced today the first two companies which signed up to the “Women on the Board Pledge for Europe” committing to improve the gender balance in boardrooms. Guerlain – a major perfumes and cosmetics firm – and FES Consulting Empresarial – a...
03-05-2011

Cross-border transactions: European Commission publishes expert group's feasibility study on European contract law

Contract law
Brussels, 3 May 2011 An expert group established by the European Commission has today delivered a feasibility study on a future initiative on European contract law. In April 2010, the Commission convened the group, made up of legal practitioners, former judges and academics from across the European Union, to explore...
12-04-2011

European Commission welcomes European Parliament committee vote in support of an optional European Contract Law

Contract law
Brussels, 12 April 2011 The European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee approved a report today that favours the elaboration of an optional European Contract Law. This is in response to several options put forward by the European Commission for a more coherent approach to contract law (see IP/10/872).
08-04-2011

Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, responsible for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship The EU Framework for national Roma Integration Strategies: Moving fro...

Tackling discrimination
Dear Ms Izsák, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am delighted to be here with you at this 5th meeting of the European Platform for Roma Inclusion. The European Platform for Roma Inclusion provides a unique forum for debate and cooperation between all stakeholders: from national governments, EU institutions and international organisations...
06-04-2011

Employment Equality: European Commission refers Italy to the EU's Court of Justice

Tackling discrimination
IP/10/408 Brussels, 6 April 2011 The Commission has referred Italy to the EU's Court of Justice concerning the transposition of Directive 2000/78/EC, which prohibits discrimination in employment on the grounds of religion or belief, disability, age and sexual orientation.
06-04-2011

European Data Protection Commissioners insist on the need for a comprehensive EU approach to data protection

Data protection
PRESS RELEASE Brussels, Wednesday 6 April 2011 On 5 April 2011, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) and the Chairman of the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party(*) hosted the annual Spring Conference of European Data Protection Commissioners in Brussels, involving data protection authorities from EU and non-EU Member States,...
06-04-2011

Data Protection: European Commission requests Germany to ensure independence of data supervisory authority

Data protection
Brussels, 6 April 2011 The European Commission has acted today to ensure that the EU rules on the protection of personal data are respected in Germany. The Commission has formally requested Germany to comply with a judgment on 9 March 2010 by the EU's Court of Justice (C-518/07).
06-04-2011

Children in EU to benefit from speedier maintenance payments from abroad

Civil Justice
Brussels, 6 April 2011 The pain of a divorce or separation is all too often made worse by financial and emotional pressure when one parent lives abroad and refuses to provide financial help. With an estimated 16 million international couples in the EU and 30 million EU citizens living in...
05-04-2011

European Commission calls on Member States to set national strategies for Roma integration

Tackling discrimination
Strasbourg, 5 April 2011 Europe's 10-12 million Roma continue to face discrimination, exclusion and the denial of their rights, while governments lose out on increased revenue and productivity because potential talent could go wasted.
31-03-2011

Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner Who pays for Data Protection? EPP Group Public Hearing Brussels, 31 March 2011

Data protection
Ladies and gentlemen, Thank you for inviting me to this debate on the very important question: "Who pays for Data Protection?" I am pleased to see that the European Parliament is taking a proactive approach to the data protection reform, which is my top legislative priority.
30-03-2011

EU-US Negotiations on an agreement to protect personal information exchanged in the context of fighting crime and terrorism

Data protection
Brussels, 29 March 2011 Today the European Union and the United States opened negotiations on an agreement to protect personal information exchanged in the context of fighting crime and terrorism. The negotiations will build on our longstanding, robust cooperation and agreements in this area.
28-03-2011

Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner The European Commission's New Gender Equality Strategy: Towards Quotas for Women in the boardroom? Europe...

Gender equality
Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a pleasure to be here in Frankfurt today. I would like to thank the ECB's Vice-President and in particular my friend Gertrude Tumpel-Gugerell for the invitation. The topic of your conference "Building on Diversity: how to master Europe's challenges" could not be more timely! Let...
25-03-2011

EU to reinforce citizens' rights to consular protection and assistance in third countries

EU citizenship and free movement
Brussels, 23 March 2011 During emergencies and crises, such as in Japan, Libya or Egypt, EU citizens abroad have the right to ask for assistance from any EU consulate or embassy when their Member State is not represented in the country.
24-03-2011

Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner Privacy standards in the digital economy: enhancing trust and legal certainty in transatlantic relations ...

Relations with third countries
Ladies and Gentlemen: First of all, let me thank Ambassador Kennard and the Aspen Institute for inviting me to take part in this event. I am glad to have the opportunity to share with you my views on privacy in the digital economy and on how to enhance consumers' trust...
24-03-2011

Statement by Vice-President Viviane Reding on the European Parliament’s plenary vote on the Consumer Rights Directive

Consumer policy
Brussels, 24 March 2011 Better rights for consumers when they shop online are within reach, following today's plenary vote by the European Parliament to move ahead with a draft EU consumer protection law. The vote on amendments to the Consumer Rights Directive gives the Parliament's rapporteurs a mandate to start...
23-03-2011

Reinforcing EU citizens' rights to consular protection and assistance in third countries – frequently asked questions

EU citizenship and free movement
Brussels, 23 March 2011 Which right do EU citizens have on consular protection? EU citizens, whether travelling to or living in a non-EU country in which their Member State is not represented, have the right to receive the protection of the diplomatic and consular authorities of any EU Member State...
16-03-2011

Commission proposes clearer property rights for Europe's 16 million international couples

Civil Justice
Brussels, 16 March 2011 What happens to your house if you get divorced and your spouse is of another nationality? What happens to a joint bank account if the spouse dies? What happens in such cases if you and your spouse have the same nationality, but you have property or...
16-03-2011

Clearer property rights for Europe's 16 million international couples – frequently asked questions

Civil Justice
Brussels, 16 March 2011 What is the problem? With more and more Europeans living in another EU country, the number of international couples (both spouses and registered partners) is on the rise. There are today around 16 million international couples in the European Union.
14-03-2011

Equality: Commission drops three cases against Poland following new anti-discrimination law

Gender equality
Brussels, 14 March 2011 The European Commission has closed three separate infringement procedures against Poland covering different aspects of EU equality legislation. The Commission successfully concluded the cases after Poland adopted a new anti-discrimination law.
14-03-2011

Consumer protection: Commission requests Belgium to comply with rules on unfair commercial practices

Consumer policy
Brussels, 14 March 2011 The European Commission has sent a reasoned opinion to Belgium asking the country to comply with EU rules protecting consumers from commercial practices that could harm them. The move comes after Belgium failed to repeal national rules that do not fully comply with Directive 2005/29/EC on...
14-03-2011

Equality: Commission drops three cases against Poland following new anti-discrimination law

Tackling discrimination
Brussels, 14 March 2011 The European Commission has closed three separate infringement procedures against Poland covering different aspects of EU equality legislation. The Commission successfully concluded the cases after Poland adopted a new anti-discrimination law.
09-03-2011

Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship 100th Anniversary of International Women's Day Press Conference EP Ple...

Gender equality
This is real gender equality in action: two men – the President of the European Parliament and the President of the European Commission – and two women – the Chair of the FEMJM Committee and the Vice-President of the European Commission – mark together the 100th anniversary of International Women's...
08-03-2011

Joint Statement by the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-president of the European Commission Catherine Ashton and European Commission Vice-President Vivian...

Gender equality
Strasbourg, 8 March 2011 "Today we celebrate the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. For the past century, this important occasion has marked the economic, social, political and cultural achievements of women around the world. Women have struggled throughout history for more rights and greater freedom of choice and liberty.
04-03-2011

First European Equal Pay Day highlights EU earnings gap

Gender equality
Brussels, 4 March 2011 Women in the European Union earn on average 17.5% less than men during their lifetimes. This stark figure will be highlighted tomorrow during the first EU-wide Equal Pay Day. This day – 5 March – marks the extra number of days in 2011 that women must...
04-03-2011

First European Equal Pay Day highlights EU earnings gap

Tackling discrimination
Brussels, 4 March 2011 Women in the European Union earn on average 17.5% less than men during their lifetimes. This stark figure will be highlighted tomorrow during the first EU-wide Equal Pay Day. This day – 5 March – marks the extra number of days in 2011 that women must...
01-03-2011

EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding meets European business leaders to push for more women in boardrooms

Gender equality
Brussels, 1 March 2011 Corporate Europe is still a man's world: just one in 10 board members at Europe's biggest companies are women and in 97% of cases the board is chaired by a man. Studies show that businesses with more women at the top outperform “men only” companies.
01-03-2011

Sex Discrimination in Insurance Contracts: Statement by European Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding, the EU’s Justice Commissioner, on the European Court of Justice's ruling in th...

Gender equality
Brussels, 1 March 2011 The Court of Justice of the European Union today delivered its ruling in the Test-Achats case (C-236/09) concerning sex discrimination in insurance premiums. Commenting on the judgement, EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding (who is in charge of gender equality at the European Commission) said: "Today is...
01-03-2011

Sex Discrimination in Insurance Contracts: Statement by European Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding, the EU’s Justice Commissioner, on the European Court of Justice's ruling in th...

Tackling discrimination
Brussels, 1 March 2011 The Court of Justice of the European Union today delivered its ruling in the Test-Achats case (C-236/09) concerning sex discrimination in insurance premiums. Commenting on the judgement, EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding (who is in charge of gender equality at the European Commission) said: "Today is...
06-02-2011

Joint Statement of High Representative Catherine Ashton and European Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding on the International Day against Female Genital Mutilation

Gender equality
Brussels, 6 February 2011 "6 February marks the International Day against Female Genital Mutilation. This is an opportunity to remind the world that the European Union condemns this abhorrent practice that severely violates the human rights and dignity of hundreds of thousands women and girls.
31-01-2011

Contract law: Commission considers way forward

Contract law
Brussels, 31 January 2011 As part of the EU's action to tackle bottlenecks in the Single Market and to boost growth, the European Commission carried out a public consultation on bringing more coherence to contract laws in Europe (IP/10/872) – the rules that apply to businesses and consumers buying and...
27-01-2011

Data Protection Day: guaranteeing individuals' privacy rights

Data protection
Brussels, 28 January 2011 Nowadays the exchange of information across the globe has become easier and faster. An individual’s personal data – email, photos and electronic agendas – may be created in the UK using software hosted in Germany; processed in India; stored in Poland and accessed in Spain by...
06-12-2010

European Commission ready to start talks with US on personal data agreement to fight terrorism or crime

Data protection
Brussels, 3 December 2010 EU Justice Ministers today approved the start of talks between the European Union and the United States on a personal data protection agreement when cooperating to fight terrorism or crime. The European Commission adopted the draft mandate for negotiating such an agreement on 26 May 2010...
03-12-2010

Fair trial rights: EU governments endorse law ensuring suspects’ right to information in criminal proceedings

Criminal Justice
IP/10/01/1652 Brussels, 3 December 2010 EU Member States today backed a draft law that ensures defendants’ right to information in criminal proceedings just four months after the Commission’s proposal (see IP/10/989). Suspects of a criminal offence will have to be informed of their rights in a language they understand.
26-11-2010

Gender Equality: Commission welcomes compliance with EU sex discrimination rules in Germany, Latvia, Lithuania and Slovenia; closes infringement cases

Gender equality
Brussels, 24 November 2010 The European Commission has welcomed the notification by Germany, Latvia, Lithuania and Slovenia of measures to implement EU rules prohibiting discrimination in employment and occupation on the grounds of sex (Directive 2006/54/EC, see MEMO/08/742).
24-11-2010

Equality: Commission welcomes end of discriminatory pension ages in Greece and Italy; closes infringement cases

Tackling discrimination
Brussels, 24 November 2010 The European Commission has welcomed notification by Greece and Italy of measures to comply with EU rules on pensionable ages. In its rulings of 26 March 2009 and 13 November 2008, the EU’s Court of Justice found that different pensionable ages in Greece (case C-559/07) and...
23-11-2010

Viviane Reding Vice-President of the Commission, responsible for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Making equality between women and men a reality – the march goes on The Euro...

Gender equality
Ladies and Gentlemen, I am very pleased to be here with you today at the European Institute for Gender Equality. It is a great moment for me to finally be able to visit the Institute and address this conference. As you know, the idea for a gender institute goes back...
28-10-2010

Equality: European Commission closes cases against Germany on anti-discrimination rules

Tackling discrimination
Brussels, 28 October 2010 The European Commission has today closed legal proceedings against Germany for incorrectly implementing two parts of EU anti-discrimination legislation. The EU rules concern discrimination in employment on grounds of religion, belief, disability, age and sexual orientation (Directive 2000/78/EC) and in employment in almost all other areas...
28-10-2010

Equality: European Commission closes infringement case against the United Kingdom on gender rules

Tackling discrimination
Brussels, 28 October 2010 The European Commission today has closed legal proceedings against the United Kingdom for non-transposition of EU rules prohibiting gender discrimination in access to and supply of goods and services (Directive 2004/113/EC). The case was successfully concluded after the United Kingdom transposed the Directive as regards Gibraltar.
28-10-2010

Equality: Commission requests Czech Republic to comply with EU gender equality rules

Tackling discrimination
Brussels, 28 October 2010 The European Commission has today sent a formal request to the Czech Republic to implement fully EU rules against gender discrimination in employment (Directive 2002/73/EC). The request, in the form of a reasoned opinion under EU infringement procedures, comes after the Czech Republic failed to adequately...
21-10-2010

Paid Maternity Leave: European Commission to work on balanced compromise to advance mothers’ rights, following European Parliament vote

Gender equality
Strasbourg, 20 October 2010 In a first reading, the European Parliament voted today on the European Commission's proposal to reform the 1992 Maternity Leave Directive (Directive 92/85/EEC). The Commission had proposed an increase in the minimum period of maternity leave from 14 to 18 weeks and to pay women 100%...
30-09-2010

Equality: European Commission closes cases against Sweden and Latvia on employment

Tackling discrimination
Brussels, 30 September 2010 The European Commission has today closed legal proceedings against Sweden and Latvia for incorrectly implementing EU rules on equal treatment in employment on the basis of religion, belief, disability, age and sexual orientation (Directive 2000/78/EC).
28-09-2010

Joint statement by Mr Christos Papoutsis, Minister of Citizen Protection of Greece and Cecilia Malmström, European Commissioner in charge of Home Affairs: Greece and the Commission agree...

Contract law
Brussels, 27 September 2010 The Minister of Citizen Protection Mr Christos Papoutsis and the European Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ms Cecilia Malmström met in Athens on 27 September to discuss ways to assist Greece in its efforts to reform the Greek asylum system.
14-09-2010

Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Statement on the latest developments on the Roma situation Brussels, 1...

Tackling discrimination
"Over the past weeks, the European Commission has been following very closely the developments in France regarding the Roma. I personally have been appalled by a situation which gave the impression that people are being removed from a Member State of the European Union just because they belong to a...
10-09-2010

European Commission holds first contract law roundtable with business and consumer groups

Contract law
Brussels, 7 September 2010 The European Commission held the first meeting of business, consumer and legal practitioners' groups today to discuss European contract law. At the moment, different national contract laws lead to higher transaction costs for businesses.
15-07-2010

EU launches public consultation on improving rights of victims of crime and violence

Criminal Justice
Brussels, 15 July 2010 About 30 million serious crimes in the EU are reported annually. The EU supports cooperation to bring criminals to justice, but what happens to the millions of crime victims? Their devastating experience can be made worse by a difficult investigation or trial, an invasion of their...
14-07-2010

Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Towards a true Single Market of data protection Meeting of the Article...

Data protection
Ladies and Gentlemen, I am very pleased to be here today to discuss privacy and personal data protection matters with the real experts, those who have the essential role of ensuring that European rules are complied with at national level. Protection of personal data is a fundamental right.