Procedure : 2017/2897(RSP)
Document stages in plenary
Document selected : B8-0582/2017

Texts tabled :

B8-0582/2017

Debates :

PV 25/10/2017 - 4
CRE 25/10/2017 - 4

Votes :

PV 26/10/2017 - 10.6

Texts adopted :

P8_TA(2017)0417

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION
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24.10.2017
PE611.518v01-00
 
B8-0582/2017

to wind up the debate on the statement by the Commission

pursuant to Rule 123(2) of the Rules of Procedure


on combating sexual harassment and abuse in the EU (2017/2897(RSP))


Agnieszka Kozłowska-Rajewicz, Elisabeth Morin-Chartier, Manfred Weber, Esteban González Pons on behalf of the PPE Group

European Parliament resolution on combating sexual harassment and abuse in the EU (2017/2897(RSP))  
B8‑0582/2017

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to Directive 2002/73/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 September 2002 amending Council Directive 76/207/EEC on the implementation of the principle of equal treatment for men and women as regards access to employment, vocational training and promotion, and working conditions(1),

–  having regard to Directive 2006/54/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 July 2006 on the implementation of the principle of equal opportunities and equal treatment of men and women in matters of employment and occupation (recast), and in particular to Article 2(1)(c) and 2(1)(d) thereof(2),

–  having regard to Council Directive 2004/113/EC of 13 December 2004 implementing the principle of equal treatment between men and women in the access to and supply of goods and services(3),

–  having regard to its resolution of 8 October 2015 on the application of Directive 2006/54/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 July 2006 on the implementation of the principle of equal opportunities and equal treatment of men and women in matters of employment and occupation(4),

–   having regard to the Staff Regulations of Officials of the European Union and the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants of the European Union, as laid down by Council Regulation (EEC, Euratom, ECSC) No 259/68 and last amended by Parliament and Council Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1023/2013 of 22 October 2013, and in particular Article 12a thereof,

–   having regard to Rule 25(2) and (3) of its Rules of Procedure, as well as Article 12 of the Staff Regulations of Officials of the European Union,

–  having regard to Rule 123(2) of its Rules of Procedure,

A.   whereas sexual harassment is a form of violence against women and girls and is the most extreme yet persistent form of gender-based discrimination; whereas some 90 % of victims of sexual harassment are female and approximately 10 % are male; whereas, in the 28 EU Member States, it is estimated that 83 to 102 million women (45-55 % of women) have experienced at least one form of sexual harassment since the age of 15;

B.  whereas harassment, defined as discrimination on the grounds of sex by EU law, constitutes a breach of the principle of equal treatment between men and women and is therefore prohibited in employment, including in access to employment, vocational training and promotion;

C.  whereas the problem of sexual harassment persists in all Member States; whereas combating harassment related to sex and sexual harassment through the prohibition of discrimination has added value at the EU level;

D.  whereas different forms of sexual harassment remain a pervasive and common experience in the European Union that occurs in various spheres; whereas most victims are female, including young female employees who are particularly vulnerable and widely affected;

E.  whereas sexual harassment often remains unreported due to a fairly persistent low social awareness of the issue, insufficient channels for victim support and the perception that it is a sensitive issue for society, despite the existence of formal procedures to tackle it in the workplace and in other spheres;

F.  whereas Parliament has established a specific structure and internal rules to address sexual harassment in the House, namely at staff level and between Accredited Parliamentary Assistants and Members of the European Parliament, in order to assess possible cases and to prevent inappropriate and illegal sexual behaviour and cases of harassment;

1.  Strongly condemns all forms of sexual harassment and insists on effective implementation of the existing legal framework addressing this phenomenon; encourages the EU Member States, as well as public and private companies, to take further measures to effectively end and prevent sexual harassment in the workplace;

2.  Welcomes the fact that, by a Bureau decision of 14 April 2014, the European Parliament adopted new rules which included the creation of dedicated bodies such as the Advisory Committee dealing with harassment complaints between Accredited Parliamentary Assistants and Members of the European Parliament and its prevention at the workplace and an earlier Advisory Committee dealing with harassment complaints and its prevention at the workplace for EP staff; welcomes also the introduction of confidential reporting and the launch of an awareness-raising campaign aimed at combating sexual harassment within the House; welcomes the fact that other EU institutions have created similar bodies;

3.  Welcomes initiatives such as the #MeToo movement that aim to report cases of sexual harassment and violence against women; points out that the dedicated legal procedures established to address sexual harassment cases in the workplace should be followed;

4.  Calls on the EU Member States to implement measures to set up and ensure the effective functioning of dedicated committees which investigate reported cases of sexual harassment, and to provide victims with support offered by specialist advisory members and staff, including – if possible – legal advisers, medical experts and confidential counsellors;

5.  Calls on the EU Member States to strengthen the human resource capacity of equality bodies supervising discriminatory practices through the provision of resources that are sufficient to ensure their effective functioning;

6.  Calls on the Commission and the Member States to create effective monitoring systems that allow supervisory and control measures to be taken to improve the confidential collection of data on cases of harassment and discrimination on the grounds of sex and ensure the confidential hearing and protection of victims;

7.  Calls on the Commission to propose clear measures to combat sexual harassment at the workplace more effectively and to closely monitor the efficiency of national complaint bodies and procedures in the context of the implementation of the gender equality directives;

8.  Calls on the Commission to assess, exchange and compare existing best practices and to disseminate the results of this assessment as regards the effectiveness of measures taken against sexual harassment in the workplace;

9.  Stresses the importance of dedicated training and awareness-raising campaigns regarding existing formal procedures on reporting sexual harassment in the workplace and victims’ rights, thus enforcing the principle of dignity at work and promoting a zero-tolerance approach as the norm;

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

 

 

(1)

OJ L 269, 5.10.2002, p. 15.

(2)

OJ L 204, 26.7.2006, p. 23.

(3)

OJ L 373, 21.12.2004, p. 37.

(4)

OJ C 349, 17.10.2017, p. 56.

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