On 27th August 2015, Equinet Chair Evelyn Collins, Executive Director Anne Gaspard and Project Officer Jessica Machacova met the EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Věra Jourová.
This introductory meeting aimed to present the role of Equinet and equality bodies and exchange on current EU priorities in relation to equality and non-discrimination.
Věra Jourová started the meeting by presenting current EU priorities and in particular, the new Roadmap on Work-Life Balance published by the European Commission in July 2015. Other policy priorities mentioned were the proposals on the EU Equal Treatment Directive and Women on Boards Directive.
Evelyn Collins presented the crucial role of equality bodies as watchdogs for equality in implementing the EU legislation and assisting citizens that are victims of discrimination. She underlined the need for clear standards for equality bodies in order to secure their independence and powers.
Equinet warmly thanks Commissioner Jourová and her cabinet for the meeting and very much looks forward to continuing this fruitful cooperation in the future.