Brussels Daily
05 Mar 2015


Brussels Daily

Ahead of International Women’s Day, EU Commission upholds commitment to gender equality

Ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8, all male members of the European Commission have given their support to the UN campaign #HeforShe aiming to make gender equality an issue for both men and women. This reflects the Commission’s strong support for women’s rights and women’s empowerment. The #HeforShe campaign by UN Women calls for the more active engagement of men in the fight against such discrimination, since they play a pivotal role in changing the social norms that affect women. According to new Eurobarometer statistics published today, a large majority of citizens (76%) believe that tackling inequality between women and men should be a priority for the EU. The Commission’s annual Report on equality between women and men, also published today, shows that despite some progress gender equality remains an unfinished business.On the occasion of International Women’s Day on 8 March 2015, Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, also publishes a selection of data on men and women with regard to their situation on the labour market. The press release is available here. On Monday 9 March, Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, will launch the 3rd edition of the EU Prize for Women Innovators.

Completing the Internal Energy Market: €100 million released to connect European energy networks

Today the Commission is opening the annual call for proposals under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) to help finance key trans-European energy infrastructure projects. €100 million will be made available for projects aimed at ending energy isolation, eliminating energy bottlenecks and to complete the European energy market. This European money will also act as a catalyst for securing additional financing by private and public investors. EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete said: “Reliable and well-connected energy networks are vital for achieving a resilient European Energy Union. We need major investments to make our energy grid fit for the future. This funding is an investment opportunity to build a competitive, sustainable and secure energy market, and ultimately bring the benefits into our homes and businesses.” With a total of €650 million for grants foreseen in 2015, this is the first of two calls planned for 2015. The deadline for applications is 29 April 2015. A decision on the selection of proposals to be funded is expected for mid-July. A fully interconnected market is a top priority of the Juncker Commission. This call for proposals responds to this priority and follows up on the Energy Union strategy and the interconnections communication adopted on 25 February. For more information: press release, fact sheet and the website of DG Energy.

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