Procedure : 2016/2526(RSP)
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Document selected : B8-0148/2016

Texts tabled :

B8-0148/2016

Debates :

PV 02/02/2016 - 11
CRE 02/02/2016 - 11

Votes :

PV 03/02/2016 - 8.9
CRE 03/02/2016 - 8.9
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MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION
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27.1.2016
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B8-0148/2016

further to Question for Oral Answer B8-0103/2016

pursuant to Rule 128(5) of the Rules of Procedure


on the new Strategy for Women’s Rights and Gender Equality in Europe post‑2015 (2016/2526(RSP))


Daniela Aiuto, Marco Zullo on behalf of the EFDD Group

European Parliament resolution on the new Strategy for Women’s Rights and Gender Equality in Europe post-2015 (2016/2526(RSP))  
B8-0148/2016

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to Article 2 and Article 3(3), second subparagraph, of the Treaty on European Union (TEU) and Article 8 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU),

–  having regard to Article 23 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union,

–  having regard to the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action adopted by the Fourth World Conference on Women on 15 September 1995, and to the subsequent outcome documents adopted at the United Nations Beijing +5 (2000), Beijing +10 (2005), Beijing +15 (2010) and Beijing +20 (2015) special sessions,

-  having regard to the Commission research report entitled ‘Evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of the strategy for equality between women and men 2010–2015’,

–  having regard to the Commission communication of 5 March 2010 entitled ‘A Strengthened Commitment to Equality between Women and Men: A Women’s Charter’ (COM(2010)0078),

–  having regard to the Commission communication of 21 September 2010 entitled ‘Strategy for equality between women and men 2010-2015’ (COM(2010)0491),

–  having regard to its resolution of 9 June 2015 on the EU Strategy for equality between women and men post-2015(1),

–  having regard to the analysis of the public consultation of October 2015 entitled ‘Equality between men and women in the EU’,

–  having regard to the outcome of the meeting of the European Commission Advisory Committee on equal opportunities for women and men of 26 November 2015,

–  having regard to the Commission staff working document of 3 December 2015 entitled ‘Strategic engagement for gender equality 2016-2019’ (SWD(2015)0278),

–  having regard to the conclusions of the meeting of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council of 7 December 2015, and in particular paragraph 35 thereof,

–  having regard to the question to the Commission on the new Strategy for Women’s Rights and Gender Equality in Europe post-2015 (O-000006/2016 – B8-0103/2016),

–  having regard to Rules 128(5) and 123(2) of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas equality between women and men is a core value of the Member States, and whereas gender equality is essential, as a strategic objective, to achieving the overall objectives of growth, employment and social inclusion;

B.  whereas the right to equal treatment is a defining fundamental right which is deeply rooted in European society and is essential for the further development of that society, and whereas it should apply in legislation, in practice, in case law and in daily life;

C.  whereas historically the Member States have taken important steps to strengthen women’s rights and equality between women and men, but whereas there has been a slowdown in political action and reform at EU level during the last decade;

D.  whereas the previous Commission strategy for equality between women and men for 2010‑2015 was neither appropriate nor comprehensive enough to contribute to advancing equality at European and international level, and whereas its stated objectives have not been effectively met; whereas a new post-2015 strategy will need to provide new impetus and deliver concrete action to strengthen women’s rights and promote gender equality;

E.  whereas in its resolution of 9 June 2015 Parliament clearly called for a new, separate post-2015 strategy for equality between women and men and for women’s rights; whereas the results of the public consultation show that 90 % of respondents are in favour of a new strategy;

F.  whereas, according to recent Eurostat statistics, in 2014 the employment rate in the Member States among men (70.1 %) was still higher than that among women (59.6 %);

G.  whereas almost a third of women (32.2 %) worked part-time in 2014;

H.  whereas the gap between women and men in terms of entrepreneurship is still wide, and whereas in 2012 only 31 % of self-employed citizens were women, while only 10 % of working women were self-employed;

I.  whereas many forms of discrimination against women still occur, and whereas even recently there have been serious incidents of abuse and violence;

1.  Recalls that equal treatment and equal opportunities for women and men are a key goal for all the Member States;

2.  Notes that in the past the Commission has endorsed a Communication on a Strategy for Equality between Women and Men, endorsed by all the EU institutions;

3.  Considers it regrettable that the 2016 Commission Work Programme, published in November 2015, made no specific mention of the EU Strategy for Equality between Women and Men post-2015;

4.  Deplores the fact that on 3 December 2015 the Commission published only a staff working document entitled ‘Strategic engagement for gender equality 2016-2019’, thereby not only presenting a downgraded internal document but also restricting the duration of its action;

5.  Deplores the Commission’s approach to strategic engagement, and its lack of progress in meeting its own commitments and indicators, which are neither measurable nor achievable;

6.  Takes note of the failure of the European strategy in the field of equality between women and men, and asks the Member States to ensure that gender equality commitments are met in a clear and transparent way;

7.  Calls on the Member States to take further steps to address equality issues, tackle violence against women and ensure equal access and equal opportunity in the fields of employment, health and education, and in both the public and private sectors;

8.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission and the governments of the Member States.

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Texts adopted, P8_TA(2015)0218.

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