"Gender equality: let's build together the Simon Veil Pact"



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As an activist and women’s rights campaigner, ground breaking politician and committed European, Simone Veil’s work encapsulates the very best of our European Union – respect for human dignity and human rights, freedom, democracy and equality. Renew Europe hopes to honour this legacy by building together the ‘Simone Veil-Pact’ – a political commitment by Member States to adopt the most progressive national measures currently in force in the field of women’s rights and gender equality in the EU. The New Year’s Seminar 2020 will bring together Members of the European Parliament, Commission, Council and women’s rights activists to build momentum for the Pact to deliver on gender equality in Europe.



15:00 Welcome Coffee

15:15 Welcome & Opening

by Dacian Cioloș, President of Renew Europe

Introduction to the Simone Veil Pact initiative

by Nathalie Loiseau, MEP

Keynote speech on behalf of the European Commission

by Helena Dalli, European Commissioner for Equality

Keynote speech on behalf of the European Council Presidency

by Margareta Mađerić, State Secretary

Ministry for Demography, Family, Youth and Social Policy, Croatia


16:00 Panel discussion:

Achieving gender equality upward convergence; examples of European best practice

chaired by Irène Tolleret, MEP

Joanna Maycock, Secretary General of the European Women’s Lobby

Virginija Langbakk, Director of the European Institute for Gender Equality

Sari Brodi, Global Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion of INGKA (IKEA) group

Followed by questions & answers

Concluding remarks and the way forward

by Sophie In ’t Veld, MEP



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