Renew Europe Group welcomes that the European Commission today released their proposal on "Strengthening the principle of equal pay for equal work or work of equal value between men and women through pay transparency". As our group is a firm defender of gender equality and equal pay for men and women for the same work and work of equal value, we see this step as an essential part of reinforcing the principle of equal pay and closing the gender pay gap. We are ready to work together with the Commission to make the best out of this proposal.
MEP Samira Rafaela, Renew Europe Coordinator of the Women's Rights and Gender Equality Committee, reacts:
“Enforcing equal pay is a cornerstone of building a social and fair Europe. Access to information on pay is crucial if we want to combat pay discrimination and accomplish EU’s core principle of equal pay for equal work. This proposal is another very welcome piece in the puzzle of closing the gender pay gap.”
MEP Dragoș Pîslaru, Renew Europe Coordinator of the Employment and Social Affairs Committee, says:
"When it comes to workers and their rights, pay transparency is a must for Renew Europe. Today, men in the EU earn, on average, 16% more than women for the exact same work. We welcome the proposal by the EC as it means moving forward in the right direction, in the direction signaled by our treaties and the values the EU stands for; it means fighting for equality between men and women."
The principle of equal pay for equal work or work of equal value is enshrined in the EU Treaties since 1957, yet it is far from reality. Within the EU, the average gender pay gap is 16%, and reports from the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) shows that the gap has barely declined over the last decade.
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