08 Mar 2016
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 08 MARCHBrussels Daily
Joint statement on the occasion of International Women’s Day
To mark International Women’s Day, several European Commissioners joined their voices to call for more gender equality within the European Union. They said: “Today we celebrate women. We celebrate their role in society, at work, in our families and lives. We also remember their suffering, hardship and injustice, which for many is still a reality today. It is also true that we must promote gender equality not just today, on International Women’s Day, but every day (…) It is essential that we continue our efforts to integrate equality for women and men into every one of our policies across the board, in each of our Member States and in the countries we work with. (…) The European Union relentlessly combats sexism, discrimination, gender-based violence and inequality. Recent EU legislation secures victims’ rights, addresses trafficking in human beings, and promotes equal treatment. The Commission just tabled a proposal to ratify the Istanbul Convention on combating violence against women; a clear signal that now is the time to step up our collective action.” They also called for more gender equality across the world: “The European Union is also committed to taking forward the new 2030 United Nations Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals, which includes a strong commitment to advance gender equality and empower women and girls around the world. In humanitarian emergencies, including the current refugee crises, the European Union strives to ensure that its humanitarian assistance responds to specific gender needs, in particular the vulnerabilities of migrant women. We are taking steps to empower women, to fight for their rights and their equal access to economic resources, and to address all forms of violence against women and girls, especially trafficking, female genital mutilation and early or forced marriage. Women, as key agents and drivers of sustainable development and sustainable peace, have a crucial role to play in a world so hard hit by conflict and inequality.” Full statement and Q&A are available online. See here for an overview of the Commission’s activities in connection with the International Women’s Day.
College of Commissioners to discuss the Commission’s Social Package and the 2016 European Semester Winter Package
Following the commitment President Juncker made in his State of the Union speech on 9 September 2015, and following the first orientation debate held by the College on 27 January 2016, today Commissioner Thyssen will present the preliminary outline of the European Pillar of Social Rights to the College, as well as the details of the public consultation on the same subject which will be launched today.The College will also discuss the proposal for a targeted revision of the 1996 Posting of Workers Directive. In addition, the College will today take the next step in the European Semester cycle. Following the publication of the Country Reports at the end of February, Commissioners will discuss the economic and fiscal situation of the Member States and take decisions in the context of the Macroeconomic Imbalances Procedure (MIP). Specifically, the College will decide on the category for each Member State covered by an in-depth review. As of this year, the Commission has streamlined the MIP from six to four categories of macroeconomic imbalances: no imbalances, imbalances, excessive imbalances, and excessive imbalances with corrective action. There will be two press conferences this afternoon in Strasbourg, at 16:30 and 17:00, by Commissioner Thyssen and Vice-President Dombrovskis respectively
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