Equal Opportunities

Equal pay for equal work

Franziska Brantner

The EP women's rights committee adopted a report calling on the EU Commission to come forward with proposals to ensure equal pay for equal work between women and men. Green MEP Franziska Brantner explains why this is important.


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Brussels Agenda

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 23-27 April 2012

Highlights of the week for the Greens/EFA include EP committee votes on mobile phone roaming, equal pay for equal work, taxing financial transactions, resource efficiency, reform of EU staff regulations. Other EU priorities are the 2013 EU budget, PNR and Schengen


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Social security

EP vote ends social security chicanery by cost-cutting airlines

The European Parliament today adopted a legislative agreement revising EU rules on social security systems to close a number of loopholes under the current legislation (1). Under the terms of the deal, a key loophole will be closed ensuring highly mobile flight personnel, who work across borders by ...


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EU economic recovery and employment

Focus shift to employment welcome but implementation needs same vigour as fiscal reforms

The European Commission today presented two communications outlining proposals for job creation in Europe in response to the crisis and to job creation and economic recovery in Greece. The Greens welcomed the shift in focus from fiscal rebalancing but cautioned that the proposals will have to be imp...


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Posted workers

Commission proposals fail to clear-up loopholes with existing legislation

The European Commission today presented a legislative proposal aimed at overcoming some of the problems with existing EU rules on posted workers by providing for better enforcement. The Greens gave a mixed response to the proposal but underlined that it does not close some of the major loopholes in ...


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e-fa: News Round-Up March 2012

news bulletin from the European Free Alliance Group in the European Parliament

March 2012 Round-Up The European Free Alliance (EFA) draws together political parties fighting for democracy and self-determination for the stateless nations and regions of Europe. European Free Alliance MEPs sit in a European parliamentary group with the Greens, making up the fourth largest group i...


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Social economy - cooperatives

EP votes for stronger social and solidarity economy

The European Parliament today adopted a report on strengthening European cooperatives and the wider social and solidarity economy (1) in the context of the UN year of cooperatives (2). Commenting after the vote, Green economic affairs spokesperson and draftsman for the report Sven Giegold said:...


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Calls to boost number of women in political decision making

EFA group has majority female MEPs

MEPs from the European Parliament's European Free Alliance group are backing moves to boost the role of women in political decision making, and to close the gender pay gap. The European Free Alliance in the European Parliament has a majority of female members. Proposals to reduce the gender pay gap ...


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Funding the Green New Deal

Read the report and see the animation

As Europe, and much of the developed world, continues to grapple with the ongoing debt crisis, it must not be forgotten that the most pressing threat facing us is climate change. This report examines how we can make the necessary investment in a Green economy within the confines of the debt crisis.


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Greens/EFA Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary session 13-16 February 2012

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary week included Eurobonds and the response to the crisis, the controversial EU-Morocco trade protocol, elections in Russia, reform of the milk and dairy sector, homelessness strategy in the EU...


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Tackling the problems facing sport at European level

More focus needed on social problems facing athletes

The European Parliament has adopted a wide ranging set of recommendations to deal with the major challenges facing sport at European level. Measures to tackle hooliganism and violent behaviour as well as match fixing and illegal betting were supported by MEPs.   Latvian MEP Tatjana Ždanoka is...


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Green Social Europe

Thoughts on Social Policy from the European Greens

For the Greens, austerity measures must never come at the expense of social investment. There is no doubt that the crisis presents a real challenge, but it is also an opportunity to make the transition to the green, sustainable society that we so urgently need


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