Statements

Statements podium These Statements lay out the EWL position on topical matters.

  • EWL Contribution to the EC Consultation on the modernisation of EU public procurement policy – Towards a more efficient European procurement market

    EWL Contribution to the EC Consultation on the modernisation of EU public procurement policy – Towards a more efficient European procurement market

    The EWL has submitted its contribution to the European Commission’s Green Paper on the modernisation of EU public procurement policy, entitled “Towards a more efficient European Procurement Market”.
    The EWL strongly believes that European public procurement rules should be renewed so that they can support the achievement of overall societal goals, in particular the promotion of fundamental rights and of social inclusion, including equality between women and men. Given that public procurement (...) Read more

  • EWL Statement on the European Pact for Gender Equality 2011-2020, adopted by the Council of the EU on 7 March 2011

    The European Women’s Lobby (EWL), the largest coalition of women’s organisations in the European Union, has been highlighting the need for the Strategy for Equality between Women and Men 2010-2015 and the Europe 2020 Strategy to be accompanied by a strong instrument agreed by Member States and therefore welcomes the new European Pact for Gender Equality. Such a coordination tool between the European Commission and the Council, between the European and the national level, and finally between (...) Read more

  • The Need for Women’s Full Participation in All Areas of Peace and Security to Enhance Conflict Prevention and Ensure Sustainable Peace

    [Brussels, 08 March 2011] On 8 March 2011 we celebrate International Women’s Day for the 100th time. This date provides an opportunity to take stock of developments in the area of Women, Peace and Security (WPS). At both national and international level, UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (and subsequent UN Resolutions) has been a key tool for addressing WPS issues and to remind UN Member States of their commitments. The 10th anniversary celebrations of UNSCR 1325 in October 2010 have shown (...) Read more

  • EWL Statement: Economic policy governance without a women’s rights’ perspective undermines the inclusive objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy

    [Brussels, 04 March 2011] The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) contributes to the first full-scale national level implementation of the Europe 2020 Strategy and to the first European Semester of economic policy coordination by highlighting the implications that gender-blind policy guidance have for European women who already bear the brunt of the effects of the crisis and austerity measures. The EWL makes three recommendations for the integration of a women’s rights and gender equality (...) Read more

  • EWL 8 Priorities for the Hungarian Presidency of the European Union

    EWL 8 Priorities for the Hungarian Presidency of the European Union

    On 01 January 2011, the Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) will pass from Belgium to Hungary. The European Women’s Lobby (EWL), with more than 2500 member organisations the largest association of women’s organisations in the EU, calls on the Hungarian Presidency to continue to be a driving force for women’s rights in Europe and, in particular, to ensure progress in the adoption of gender-related legislation which is currently on the table and to ensure the full integration of (...) Read more

  • EWL response to the European Commission’s Green Paper "Towards adequate, sustainable and safe European pension systems" (November 2010)

    The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the debate on the European Commission’s Green Paper ‘Towards adequate, sustainable and safe European pension systems’, especially within the context of the current financial and economic crisis. The crisis has clearly shown that European economies are all interdependent and no Member State can guarantee on its own the adequacy, safety and sustainability of its pension system and thus the European Union must make sure (...) Read more

  • EWL Statement of Concern on Expulsion of Roma from France (October 2010)

    EWL Statement of Concern on Expulsion of Roma from France (October 2010)

    The European Women’s Lobby condemns the expulsion of Roma from France and calls for more European and national actions to ensure that the fundamental rights of Romani women, men and children living in Europe are fully respected. The EWL welcomes in this regard the Resolution adopted by the European Parliament on 9 September as well as the action by the European Commission (EC) requesting France to fully transpose the Directive on free movement, but regrets the EC decision not to pursue (...) Read more

  • Seven Common Myths about the Costs of Maternity Leave (September 2010)

    MYTH ONE: “We cannot afford full-paid maternity leave, which would disproportionately affect small businesses and drive up wage costs, leading to more jobs being outsourced.” FACT: Only in three European countries – the UK, Germany and Malta – is maternity leave financed directly through employers rather than tax or social welfare systems, and two of these countries – Germany and the UK – have a recuperation scheme, which applies to both SMEs and large corporations. Incidentally, these are also (...) Read more

  • New EU Strategy for Gender Equality: Some Initial Comments (September 2010)

    New EU Strategy for Gender Equality: Some Initial Comments (September 2010)

    The European Commission on 21 September 2010 released its five year Strategy for Equality between Women and Men 2010-2015 to follow-up on the Roadmap 2006-2010. The EWL has welcomed this new document, while at the same time is eager to ensure that the political messages of the Strategy will be transformed into concrete and binding measures and legislation which go beyond the Women’s Charter launched by the Commission in March this year.
    Positive novel elements outlined by the Strategy are: (...) Read more

  • Amendments on recast Asylum Qualification Directive (September 2010)

    The EWL, in cooperation with Asylum Aid and ILGA-Europe, on 15 September 2010 wrote to Jean Lambert, Green MEP and Rapporteur on the recast EC Qualification Directive, with recommendations on how to ensure the recast Directive is gender-sensitive.
    Dear Ms Lambert,
    As you know, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL), Asylum Aid and ILGA?Europe are deeply committed to ensure the right of women asylum?seekers to seek and be granted protection in Europe. Our respective NGOs have been active at the (...) Read more

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