The FEMM members will have an exchange of views with Ms Věra Jourová , Commissioner-designate responsible for gender equality, on 1st October, from 13.30 to 16.30. The hearing will be hold in the European Parliament's premises in Brussels. In a press conference on 10 September, President-elect Jean Claude Juncker announced the attribution of portfolios to the Commissioners-designate. Nine women form part of Juncker's team and the portfolio for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality has been assigned to Czech Republic Věra Jourová (ALDE). The Hearings by the parliamentary committees will take place from 29 September to 7 October and subsequently the Parliament will vote for the endorsement of the full Commission on 22 October, which should resume duties on the 1st of November.
Parliamentary committees are also invited to send written questions to the candidates on the related competences and portfolios.
HEARING WITH COMMISSIONER-DESIGNATE MARIANNE THYSSEN
The FEMM members will be associated to the hearing of Ms Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner-designate for the employment and social affairs portfolio, on 1st October from9.00 to 12.00. The exchange of views will be hold in the European Parliament's premises in Brussels. In a press conference on 10 September, President-elect Jean Claude Juncker announced the attribution of portfolios to the Commissioners-designate. Belgium's Marianne Thyssen (EPP) was put forward by Juncker to be in charge of Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility.
Employment and social aspects of the EU2020 strategy
Further to an oral question to the Commission and the Council, EMPL Committee has drafted a motion for a resolution on employment and the social aspects of the EU2020 Strategy. On their meeting of 24 September FEMM Members adopted a total of eight gender mainstreaming amendments, calling for attention for, amongst other things, gender gaps in the field of employment and women in poverty.
Equality between women and men in 2013
First exchange of views
Every year FEMM committee draws up an own initiative report on equality between women and men in the EU. It is based on the report that the Commission prepares each year on the progress and the state of play of the main EU policy and legal developments on gender equality during the previous year, as well as model examples of policies and actions in Member States. This report on progress on equality between women and men is structured on the six priorities of the European Commission’s Strategy for equality between women and men 2010-15, namely: equal economic independence; equal pay for equal work and work of equal value; equality in decision-making; dignity, integrity and ending gender-based violence, gender equality in external action policy, and horizontal issues. The exchange of views will be held on 24 September.