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13 Octobre – Member of the European parliament held their first exchange of views on the initiative report of Maria Noichl (All, S&D) on “EU strategy for equality between women and men after 2015”. The report offers the contribution of the Parliament to the European Commission, since the latter will write a post-2015 strategy on the subject of gender equalities. Rapporteur Maria Noichl explained she wants to include the seven themes presented in Marc Tarabella’s (Be, S&D) report on the same topic. She insisted on the fact that these themes cannot be conceived independently of one another. She mentioned a specific issue, close to her heart, the one of women and healthcare, which was absent from the Commission’s last strategy.
Encouragingly, a certain mainstreaming of the question of gender equalities is taking place at the European level. Indeed, these problems have also been tackled at the ministerial level during the EPSCO Council of 16 October, where the Council called to promote gender equalities on the labour market. In parallel, the Employment and Social protection committees that advice the Council and the Parliament on matters related to the European Semester did recommend in a common opinion that gender equalities secures a more important place in the EU2020 strategy.