Procedure : 2016/2526(RSP)
Document stages in plenary
Document selected : B8-0163/2016

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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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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))

Constance Le Grip on behalf of the PPE Group

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

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 European Pact for Gender Equality (2011-2020), adopted by the Council of the European Union in March 2011,

–  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 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 (EPSCO) Council of 7 December 2015, in particular paragraph 35 thereof,

–  having regard to the EU Presidency Trio declaration on gender equality of 7 December 2015 by the Netherlands, Slovakia and Malta,

–  having regard to the new ‘Roadmap: new start to address the challenges of work-life balance faced by working families’, a package with legislative and non-legislative proposals, published by the Commission in August 2015,

–  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 gender equality is a core value of the EU – as recognised in the Treaties and the Charter of Fundamental Rights – which the EU has undertaken to integrate into all its activities, and which is essential as a strategic objective to achieve the overall EU objectives, such as the employment rate target within the Europe 2020 strategy;

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

C.  whereas the EU has historically taken some important steps to strengthen women’s rights and gender equality; whereas, however, there has been a slowdown in the results of the political action for achieving gender equality during the last decade at EU level; whereas the previous Commission strategy on equality between women and men 2010-2015 did not contribute enough to gender equality at European and international level and whereas its planned objectives have not been effectively met; whereas a new strategy will need to provide new impetus and deliver concrete action to strengthen women’s rights and promote gender equality;

D.  whereas, in its resolution of 9 June 2015 on the EU Strategy for equality between women and men post-2015, Parliament clearly called for a new separate strategy for gender equality and women’s rights;

1.  Notes that in the past the Commission has clearly endorsed a clear, transparent, legitimate and public Communication for a Strategy for Equality between Women and Men, endorsed by all the EU institutions, at the highest political level;

2.  Takes note that the Commission Work Programme 2016, published in November, made no specific mention of the EU Strategy for Gender Equality post-2015;

3.  Welcomes the fact that the Commission published its ‘Roadmap: new start to address the challenges of work-life balance faced by working families’, a package with legislative and non-legislative proposals, in August 2015; notes that the public consultation launched with the social partners on 11 November 2015 came to an end on 4 January 2016;

4.  Welcomes the Commission’s very practical and concrete approach, setting clear and measurable aims in the staff working document for a ‘Strategic engagement for gender equality 2016-2019’ published in December 2015, even if the document’s format is that of an internal document and not a fully-fledged communication;

5.  Welcomes the firm commitment made by Commissioner Jourová, as Commissioner in charge and on behalf of the College of Commissioners as a whole, when she outlined the document at the extraordinary meeting of the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality held in Strasbourg on 14 December 2015, and will continue to follow its concrete results;

6.  Stresses the need to focus on the lack of implementation of existing legislation in Member States before considering the need to submit new legislative proposals in the field of gender equality, complying with standards in line with the Commission’s Better Regulation commitment;

7.  Invites the Member States to take full responsibility for transposing, implementing and evaluating the 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;

8.  Deplores the fact that, on 7 December 2015, the EPSCO Council could not agree on an official position regarding several issues in favour of gender equality, including the ‘Women on Boards’ Directive, which has long been awaited by Parliament;

9.  Calls on the Commission to cooperate with Parliament and the Council to identify the progress made, and to make renewed commitments in the context of the March 2016 EPSCO Council meeting; calls on the Dutch Presidency of the Council, in this connection, to make substantial efforts to unblock existing legislative files at Council level;

10.  Calls on the Commission to report back to Parliament regularly on the state of play of the implementation of the strategic framework;

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

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