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Canada: Economic indicators and trade with EU

23-10-2018

Canada is looking to diversify its trade partners in order to reduce its dependence on the US business cycle. The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada entered into force provisionally in September 2017. What goods and services is the EU exporting to Canada? How do the growth rates of Canada and the EU compare over the last decade? Who has a higher female labour market participation rate? How much have the FDI net inflows dropped since the financial crisis? You ...

Canada is looking to diversify its trade partners in order to reduce its dependence on the US business cycle. The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada entered into force provisionally in September 2017. What goods and services is the EU exporting to Canada? How do the growth rates of Canada and the EU compare over the last decade? Who has a higher female labour market participation rate? How much have the FDI net inflows dropped since the financial crisis? You can find the answers to these and other questions in our infographic, prepared in close cooperation between EPRS and GlobalStat. This is an updated edition of an ‘At a Glance’ note published in February 2017.

EU Gender Action Plan 2016-2020 at year one: European Implementation Assessment

11-10-2017

The EU’s Gender Action Plan 2016-2020 (referred to as GAP II) is the Union’s framework for promoting gender equality and women and girls’ empowerment in external relations in third and partner countries, as well as in international fora and agendas. GAP II is significant, as it constitutes the manifestation of the principles related to gender parity outlined in the new European Consensus on Development. Its goals are also key to the successful achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs ...

The EU’s Gender Action Plan 2016-2020 (referred to as GAP II) is the Union’s framework for promoting gender equality and women and girls’ empowerment in external relations in third and partner countries, as well as in international fora and agendas. GAP II is significant, as it constitutes the manifestation of the principles related to gender parity outlined in the new European Consensus on Development. Its goals are also key to the successful achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Against this background, this European Implementation Assessment seeks to provide an initial assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of GAP II at its first milestone: the end of its first year of operation in third countries. Given the short timeframe of the evaluation, this study presents some preliminary findings on the achievements and shortcomings in the application of GAP II, but also aims to assess the new framework itself. Moreover, it provides Members with a number of opportunities for action and recommendations for improving EU performance on promoting and protecting gender parity and women’s empowerment in partner countries.

Women's Economic Empowerment at International Level

02-03-2017

Upon request by the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM) of the European Parliament, this note provides background information for the FEMM Committee mission to the 61st Session of the Commission on the Status of Women which will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 13 to 24 March 2017. The note focuses on the key priority theme of the 61st Session: "Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work".

Upon request by the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM) of the European Parliament, this note provides background information for the FEMM Committee mission to the 61st Session of the Commission on the Status of Women which will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 13 to 24 March 2017. The note focuses on the key priority theme of the 61st Session: "Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work".

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Abigail HUNT and Moizza BINAT SARWAR

Japan: Economic indicators and trade with EU

16-12-2016

Japan is one of the most developed countries in the world. Its per capita GDP, though lower than in the past, is still higher than that of the EU. Unemployment is traditionally low. In terms of the Human Development Index (HDI), Japan is better placed than many EU Member States. However, it also has the largest public debt among the OECD countries and slow GDP growth. The EU-Japan Free Trade Agreement currently being negotiated may exploit the untapped potential of economic relations. For instance ...

Japan is one of the most developed countries in the world. Its per capita GDP, though lower than in the past, is still higher than that of the EU. Unemployment is traditionally low. In terms of the Human Development Index (HDI), Japan is better placed than many EU Member States. However, it also has the largest public debt among the OECD countries and slow GDP growth. The EU-Japan Free Trade Agreement currently being negotiated may exploit the untapped potential of economic relations. For instance, Japanese FDI inflows to the EU are decreasing, while EU investment in Japan is far from significant, despite a generally favourable Japanese business environment. Please click here for the full publication in PDF format

Tunisia: Economic indicators and trade with EU

29-11-2016

How fast is Tunisia's economy growing? How was its economy affected by the 'Arab Spring' events? How many women in Tunisia have a job? What is the unemployment rate? Which country is Tunisia's biggest trading partner? What kind of products does the EU import from Tunisia? How does Tunisia benefit from remittances sent by the Tunisian diaspora? What is the EU's disbursement of external aid to Tunisia? You can find the answers to these and other questions in our EPRS publication on Tunisia: Economic ...

How fast is Tunisia's economy growing? How was its economy affected by the 'Arab Spring' events? How many women in Tunisia have a job? What is the unemployment rate? Which country is Tunisia's biggest trading partner? What kind of products does the EU import from Tunisia? How does Tunisia benefit from remittances sent by the Tunisian diaspora? What is the EU's disbursement of external aid to Tunisia? You can find the answers to these and other questions in our EPRS publication on Tunisia: Economic indicators and trade with EU, one of a series of infographics on the world's economies produced in collaboration with the European University Institute's GlobalStat.

Russia: Economic indicators and trade with EU

19-05-2016

Which economy grew faster over the past 15 years – the EU or Russia? How many Russians are out of work, and how sound are the country's public finances? How much red tape do Russian businesses have to deal with? What kind of products does the EU export to Russia? You can find the answers to these and other questions in our EPRS publication on Russia: economic indicators and trade with EU, the first of a series of infographics produced in collaboration with the European University Institute's GlobalStat ...

Which economy grew faster over the past 15 years – the EU or Russia? How many Russians are out of work, and how sound are the country's public finances? How much red tape do Russian businesses have to deal with? What kind of products does the EU export to Russia? You can find the answers to these and other questions in our EPRS publication on Russia: economic indicators and trade with EU, the first of a series of infographics produced in collaboration with the European University Institute's GlobalStat on the world's main economies.

Differences in Men's and Women's Work, Care and Leisure Time

15-03-2016

The economic crisis has profoundly affected the labour market and private life of men and women. This study examines the interrelation of policies with the ways women and men allocate time to paid work, care and leisure and the gendered outcomes produced in different socio-economic and cultural settings. It shows that policies are powerful tools which contribute to a better work-life balance and transform gender roles in accordance to the targets of EU2020 strategy and EU28 commitment to gender equality ...

The economic crisis has profoundly affected the labour market and private life of men and women. This study examines the interrelation of policies with the ways women and men allocate time to paid work, care and leisure and the gendered outcomes produced in different socio-economic and cultural settings. It shows that policies are powerful tools which contribute to a better work-life balance and transform gender roles in accordance to the targets of EU2020 strategy and EU28 commitment to gender equality.

Autore esterno

Konstantina DAVAKI (Department of Social Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science, the UK)

Trends in female employment

26-10-2015

Statistics and research results show that over the past decade, despite the economic and financial downturn, the EU's labour market has witnessed an increase in women's employment rates. Women's employment seems to be more resilient to the economic crisis then men's. This is partly due to long-term developments and institutional framework changes, as well as to women's tendency to work in particular sectors and accept flexible working arrangements (e.g. part-time work, teleworking). Despite the general ...

Statistics and research results show that over the past decade, despite the economic and financial downturn, the EU's labour market has witnessed an increase in women's employment rates. Women's employment seems to be more resilient to the economic crisis then men's. This is partly due to long-term developments and institutional framework changes, as well as to women's tendency to work in particular sectors and accept flexible working arrangements (e.g. part-time work, teleworking). Despite the general upward trend, however, women's employment rates vary by Member State, age, social group, and educational level. Even though international and EU legislation takes account of women's situation in the labour market, and the EU dedicates a substantial amount of analytical work to it, a number of challenges remain unresolved. Examples include the need to harmonise retirement schemes taking into account specific characteristics of women's careers; to better reconcile work and family life through more flexible employment arrangements; but the improvement and recognition of women's skills, the equal treatment of domestic work and migrant workers, and the further closing of the gender pay gap are likewise important.

Verso la parità di genere nel mondo del lavoro

28-09-2015

La discriminazione sulla base del genere sul mercato del lavoro e sul luogo di lavoro e l'inosservanza delle pari opportunità per donne e uomini in ambito occupazionale comportano costi significativi per i singoli individui e, più in generale, per le società ed economie europee. Malgrado questi costi e i benefici potenziali della parità di genere, le valutazioni mostrano che la legislazione unionale in materia non è ancora attuata in modo efficace negli Stati membri.

La discriminazione sulla base del genere sul mercato del lavoro e sul luogo di lavoro e l'inosservanza delle pari opportunità per donne e uomini in ambito occupazionale comportano costi significativi per i singoli individui e, più in generale, per le società ed economie europee. Malgrado questi costi e i benefici potenziali della parità di genere, le valutazioni mostrano che la legislazione unionale in materia non è ancora attuata in modo efficace negli Stati membri.

The Policy on Gender Equality in Netherlands

21-09-2015

At the request of the FEMM Committee, this note provides an overview of the existing gender-equality legislation and policies in the Netherlands, focussing on their recent developments and achievements. It covers a range of topics including participation in decision making and labour market, reconciliation of work and family life, eradication of gender-based violence, and women’s well-being. The Netherlands has a long tradition in emancipation policies and equality legislation. Important policy issues ...

At the request of the FEMM Committee, this note provides an overview of the existing gender-equality legislation and policies in the Netherlands, focussing on their recent developments and achievements. It covers a range of topics including participation in decision making and labour market, reconciliation of work and family life, eradication of gender-based violence, and women’s well-being. The Netherlands has a long tradition in emancipation policies and equality legislation. Important policy issues are the high part-time rate which translates in a relatively low participation rate in full time equivalents and the low share of women in top positions.

Autore esterno

Janneke PLANTENGA and Chantal REMERY

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