The Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union : Overview of the activities in the field of gender equality
The EU has a long standing commitment to promoting gender equality, enshrined in the Treaty since 1957.
Gender equality is a fundamental principle of the European Union and since the entry into force of the Treaty of Amsterdam, "the Community shall have as its task... to promote throughout the Community a harmonious equality between men and women..." (article 2) and "in all the activities referred to in this Article, the Community shall aim to eliminate inequalities, and to promote equality, between men and women" (article3).
Beyond the legal framework considerable efforts have been made to remove gender inequalities and they have an impact in all fields of political, social and economic life. However, there remain critical obstacles to be overcome for the equality between men and women to be achieved. The Luxembourg Presidency aims to integrate the issue of gender equality into all national and European policies and actions.
- Beijing+10: Review at the European Union level (Conference of the Presidency and ministerial meeting in Luxembourg) and review regarding the UN level in New York (CSW).
- Strategy of Lisbon: mid-term review of the Lisbon programme (European Councils of 22/23 March and 16/17June 2005).
- "Recast" directive: proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and the Council on the implementation of the principle of equal opportunities and equal treatment between men and women in matters of employment and occupation (recast version) art 141-3 (Councils EPSCO of 3/4 March and 2/3 June 2005).
- Program "Progress" proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and the Council establishing a Community program for employment and social solidarity (Council EPSCO of 3/4 March 2005).
- European Gender Institute (Council EPSCO of 2/3 June 2005).
- High-level group meeting for gender mainstreaming (11 January 2005).
A meeting of the senior responsible for gender equality in the Member States will take placet in Luxembourg to discuss the initiatives for gender mainstreaming under the Netherlands’, Luxembourg’s,UK’s and Austria’s Presidencies.
- Committee on Women’s Rights and Equal Opportunities of the European Parliament (24 January 2005).
Presentation of the Presidency 's Programme regarding gender equality by Marie-Josée Jacobs, Minister for Equal Opportunities.
- European Conference Beijing +10 (2/3 February 2005).
European Conference in February 2005 on the review of the implementation of the Beijing platform for Action and the follow up documents of the 23rd session of the General Assembly 2000.
- Ministerial Meeting Beijing +10 (4 February 2005).
Adoption of a common declaration by the EU Ministers of gender equality, which is to be presented at the 49th session of the Commission of the status of Women, United Nations, March 2005, impacting the review of the objectives of the Millennium Development Goals.
- 49th session of the Commission of the status of Women, United Nations, New York (28 February-11 March 2005).
Revision and appraisal of the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action and the follow up documents of the 23 rd session of the General Assembly 2000.