CEEP Opinion “Gender Equality: “Progressing to 2020””, adopted by CEEP General Assembly on 08 June 2016 – PDF

Executive summary

  • CEEP and its members are committed to promoting gender equality both in their role as employers and as service providers.
  • CEEP emphasizes how important it is for the Commission to acknowledge the role of CEEP and the social partners’ and their work on gender quality. We also stress the importance of safeguarding and strengthening our autonomy at both European and national level.
  • A balanced way forward to meet the gender equality challenges would be to take a holistic approach and focus on supportive and encouraging measures.
  • To achieve gender equality in the labour market there must be a range of effective and well-funded public services in place such as child- and elderly care, transport, education etc.
  • The interconnection between work-life conditions greatly influence women’s and men’s situation at the labour market as well as their private life.
  • CEEP wants to stress the important role played by social partners in tackling the gender pay gap and promoting equal pay through collective bargaining.
  • The need for increased awareness of the consequences that different kinds of leave and flexible working have on income and subsequently pensions
  • The business case for gender equality needs to be developed and shared widely.
  • The current European legislative framework on gender equality is robust and    provides protection. There is no need, therefore, to amend the current European legislation or to introduce new instruments. It is better to focus on the implementation on existing regulations.
  • CEEP believes that it is important to have a multiannual European strategy for Gender Equality in place in order to keep these issues high on the European agenda.
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