Gender equality in the EU: the Council adopts conclusions

The Council today adopted conclusions on gender-equal economies in the EU, which aim to provide an input into the gender equality strategy of the new Commission. Drafted within the framework of the annual review of the implementation of the UN agenda for gender equality and women’s empowerment by the EU and its member states (Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, adopted in 1995), the conclusions acknowledge the progress achieved by the EU in certain areas, such as the adoption of the work-life balance directive, the increased share of women on the boards of large companies and the reduced number of women and men at risk of poverty or social exclusion. At the same time, the conclusions call on member states and the Commission to further promote gender equality as a political priority and through concrete measures.

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