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Tuesday, 22 October 2019 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

General budget of the European Union for 2020 - all sections (debate)

  Frances Fitzgerald, rapporteur for the opinion of the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality. – Madam President, let me thank the rapporteurs for the work that they have both done. I think it’s been very intensive and very interesting. We’ve heard very broad macro points, both from the Commissioner and the Minister here today, that are important. Rather than thinking of gender equality as the last in the committees (which is somewhat stereotyped, I have to say), but rather than thinking of it in that manner, let us think about how gender equality can be mainstreamed across all of the committees and how that lens needs to be seen within each of the committees here. That’s very important. Clearly, this is the last year of the current Multiannual Financial Framework, and we are preparing for the transition to an inclusive Europe and dealing with sustainable development goals on the 2030 agenda.

As the rapporteur for the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM), I put in various amendments. I have to say I would like to see, for example, the pilot project on gender equality being accepted, because I think that’s very important – that we look at all of these financial instruments with a gender lens and really analyse what is happening in the different programmes from that perspective. I think that’s really important.

The amendments we put in were agreed across the FEMM Committee, and they deal with very important issues in relation to gender violence and particularly, for example, in relation to women in IT, because what we do know is that there is a huge gender gap emerging there, and we need to consider that very seriously. So I would ask that we look again at some of these amendments and make sure that they are incorporated, because they are markers of how seriously we take equality. I’ve always been inspired by the way the European Union, the European Parliament and Council deal with equality. But let’s make sure we continue.

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