Procedure : 2016/2526(RSP)
Document stages in plenary
Document selected : B8-0164/2016

Texts tabled :

B8-0164/2016

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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Texts adopted :


MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION
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27.1.2016
PE576.525v01-00
 
B8-0164/2016

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))


Beatrix von Storch on behalf of the ECR Group

European Parliament resolution on the new Strategy for Women’s Rights and Gender Equality in Europe post-2015 (2016/2526(RSP))  
B8-0164/2016

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 the EU’s existing acquis communautaire, the case law of the European Court of Justice and of the European Court of Human Rights, and existing procedures, structures, policy tools and budgets aimed at improving the implementation of the principles of equal treatment and equal opportunities for men and women at both EU and national level,

–  having regard to the Commission communication of 3 March 2010 entitled ‘Europe 2020 – A strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth’ (COM(2010)2020),

–  having regard to the 2016 Commission Work Programme of 27 October 2015 entitled ‘No time for business as usual’ (COM(2015)0610),

–  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 external assessment of the effective implementation of gender mainstreaming and the efficiency of its Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality, entitled ‘Gender Mainstreaming in Committees and Delegations of the European Parliament’,

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

A.  whereas the principle of equal treatment and equal opportunities is recognised in the Treaties of the European Union;

B.  whereas the Commission’s Strategy for equal opportunities between women and men 2010-2015 prioritised five key areas for action:

1.  equal economic independence for women and men;

2.  equal pay for work of equal value;

3.  equality in decision-making;

4.  dignity, integrity and ending gender-based violence;

5.  promoting gender equality beyond the EU;

C.  whereas the 2015 Commission Work Programme states that the Juncker Commission was voted into office with a commitment ‘to make a difference: to do different things and to do things differently’, to cut red tape and to make life easier for citizens and entrepreneurs;

D.  whereas the Commission has confirmed that all five key areas for action on equal treatment and equal opportunities identified in 2010 remain valid for its new mandate for 2014-2019;

E.  whereas the Commission confirmed again in its 2016 Work Programme that it would ‘continue its practical work to promote gender equality’;

F.  whereas the Commission has published a 40-page staff working document entitled ‘Strategic engagement for gender equality 2016-2019’ on the five priorities, which are still valid;

G.  whereas no additional legislative proposals should be adopted as long as existing EU legislation and policy tools have not been fully transposed, implemented and evaluated;

H.  whereas on 9 June 2015 Parliament adopted a resolution on the EU Strategy for equality between women and men post-2015;

1.  Acknowledges that the five key areas for action identified in the Commission’s Strategy for equal opportunities between women and men 2010-2015 remain valid priorities for the mandate of the Juncker Commission (2014-2019);

2.  Acknowledges that the Commission has published a 40-page staff working document outlining its ‘Strategic engagement for gender equality 2016-2019’;

3.  Insists on the need to focus on the lack of implementation of existing legislation in Member States before considering the necessity of submitting new legislative proposals and policy tools in the field of gender equality, in accordance with the standards applicable as part of the Commission’s commitment to Better Regulation;

4.  Invites the Member States to take full responsibility for transposing, implementing and evaluating existing legislation and policy tools aimed at improving the implementation of the principles of equal treatment and equal opportunities for men and women at national level;

5.  Recalls that the implementation of EU law and policy tools must comply with the principles of subsidiarity and ‘added value’, that uniform rules are not always necessary for the practical and competitive functioning of the internal market, and that the Commission must consider the administrative burden arising from its legislative proposals and the differing cultural contexts and practices in different Member States;

6.  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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