About this consultation
The Commission seeks to gather input from a broad range of stakeholders, including public authorities and administrations, professional and business associations, trade unions and trade union associations, companies, women's associations, national equality bodies, labour inspectorates, other national bodies, citizens, civil society and non-governmental organisations, academics and research funding and performing organisations, including universities.
Why we are consulting
In November 2017, the Commission adopted an Action Plan to tackle the gender pay gap. It reaffirms the Commission's commitment to improving gender equality and tackle the root causes of the gender pay gap. The Action Plan comprises a broad and coherent set of actions to be delivered by the end of term of the current Commission.
One of those actions is an assessment of the relevant provisions of EU law implementing the Treaty principle on 'equal pay for equal work or work of equal value', with a view to ensuring a better enforcement of the principle of equal pay for work of equal value in practice. For that purpose, the Commission is launching the present public consultation.
This public consultation aims at collecting information, views and experiences on the functioning and implementation of the ‘equal pay’ principle, enshrined in the EU Treaty and further embedded in Gender Equality Recast Directive (Directive 2006/54/EC) and reinforced by the 2014 Pay Transparency Recommendation (C(2014) 1405 final). It will focus on the enforcement of this principle, in particular on problems arising both at national and EU level resulting among others from:
• A lack of pay transparency measures,
• divergences in the use of gender-neutral job evaluation and classification systems across the EU,
• the functioning of the existing standards to protect victims of pay discrimination based on gender, especially the right to compensation for victims and dissuasive effects of penalties.