Gender equality and employment commissions discuss upcoming EU policy priorities

On November 20 CESI’s Commissions on Employment and Social Affairs Commission (SOC) and Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM) convened in Brussels – As CESI’s central members’ committees for deliberation and positioning on horizontal EU employment, gender equality and social policy, the meeting saw orientation debates on the overarching topics for policy advocacy in 2020 and, more generally, the start of the new EU legislative term.

Together with representatives from the European Commission, upcoming EU policy priorities were discussed, including a new European Unemployment Benefit Reinsurance Scheme, new legislation on pay transparency, a legal framework for minimum wages in Europe, measures to improve the labour conditions of platform workers, an action plan on the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights, a reinforcement of the Youth Guarantee, and a further strengthening of social dialogue.

In particular in the realm of gender equality and women’s rights, ways for topical advocacy collaboration were discussed with the European Women’s Lobby (EWL), an active member of which CESI has been for many years.

With input by Fabian Zuleeg, CEO of the European Policy Centre and Brexit adviser to the Scottish government, CESI’s members discussed the implications that Brexit will or might have on public services in the to-be-EU-27 and on the civil servants and public sector employees delivering them.

The next meeting of the SOC and FEMM Commissions will take place in spring/summer 2020.

Video clip of the meeting

Picture: CESI SOC and FEMM Commissions meeting in Brussels © CESI 2019