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Closing the gender pay gap in the EU 

MEPs will debate on Monday ways to close the gender pay gap and are likely to urge the Commission to propose legally binding measures without delay.

In her political guidelines for 2019-2024, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen committed to closing the gender pay within the framework of the upcoming Gender Equality Strategy. Furthermore, the new Commissioner for Equality, Helena Dalli, announced actions to introduce legally binding pay transparency measures during the first 100 days of this Commission.

Although the principle of equal pay for equal work is enshrined in the EU Treaty, the overall gender pay gap within the EU remains at 16%, with huge differences between member states. The situation gets even worse when women retire: their pension is about 40% lower than that of men.

A resolution wrapping up the debate will be put to a vote during the January II session (29-30 January).

Commission statement (with resolution)


Debate: Monday, 13 January

Vote: January II session