Politics and Society/EU Gender Equality legislation

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The EU gender equality politics concern, apart from mainstreaming, positive actions and funding, a range of legislative measures. The principle of equal treatment is part of many directives and laws. The Treaty establishing the European Communities (EC Treaty), for example, sets out the principle of equal pay for male and female workers for equal work or work of equal value (Article 141(1)). Article 141(3) provides the legal base for EU legislation on equal pay [1].

Moreover, equal treatment is incorporated in EC directives. The EU Directive 2006/54/EC on the implementation of the principle of equal opportunities and equal treatment of men and women in matters of employment and occupation (re-cast version) came into force on 15 August 2006. Member States will have two years of time to implement the directive into national legislation.

The objective of the proposal is to simplify, modernise and improve the Community law in relation to gender equality by putting relevant Directives into a single text. The text combines seven Directives about equal treatment of men and women.

  • Equal Pay
  • Equal Treatment relating to access to employment, vocational training, promotion and working conditions
  • Occupational social security schemes (Pensions)
  • Burden of proof (the standards needed to bring or defend a claim.

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  1. Treaty establishing the European Community

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EU Gender Equality Directives

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