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On International Women's Day

March 8, 2016 1:09 PM
By Peter Morris, European Movement

The EU executive will review its actions on the gender pay gap this year and may consider legislation requiring companies to be transparent about what they pay employees, a European Commission official told EurActiv.com: http://www.euractiv.com/section/social-europe-jobs/news/commission-to-review-stand-on-gender-pay-gap-this-year/ [So how will leaving EU, with all other issues, make this a task to be tackled?]

Legislation is only part of the solution [to the gender rights issue], said Professor Michael O'Flaherty, Director of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights, in an interview with EurActiv to mark International Women's Day. We need a mix of legislative and non-legislative instruments to tackle persistent gender inequalities, especially in advancing women in high-level positions, but that has to start from the grassroots, he said: http://www.euractiv.com/section/social-europe-jobs/interview/eu-rights-watchdog-challenging-gender-stereotypes-begins-at-home/

Opening up to new markets in Asia and Africa has helped the EU become a net exporter of agricultural products, Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, told EurActiv.com, responding to criticism of trade deals: http://www.euractiv.com/section/agriculture-food/interview/hogan-trade-deals-have-not-harmed-european-agriculture/

The European Union has turned the focus of the reformed Common Agricultural Policy towards employment creation, says the EurActiv network in a special report looking at how EU money is being spent in five key countries - Greece, Romania, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic: http://www.euractiv.com/section/agriculture-food/news/how-eu-rural-development-money-is-actually-being-spent/

European Parliament President Martin Schulz told EurActiv's partner Tagesspiegel that he wants efforts for a European solution to the refugee crisis to be increased, so that the bloc remains "unbroken". He also said the refugee crisis is going to cost us all a lot more money: http://www.euractiv.com/section/migrations/interview/schulz-refugee-crisis-is-going-to-cost-us-all-a-lot-more/

With thanks to Peter Morris, European Movement in North East