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European Commission launches public consultation on the progressive implementation of the principle of equal treatment for men and women in matters of social security

September 21st 2015

The European Commission, Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers, Equality Legislation Unit (JUST D.1) has launched a public consultation on the implementation and application of Council Directive 79/7/EEC on the progressive implementation of the principle of equal treatment for men and women in matters of social security

Target groups

They are looking for contributions from all citizens and stakeholders, EU Member States, EU institutions and other bodies, national, regional and local authorities, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, researchers with an interest in gender equality issues and/or social security issues, equality bodies, social partners, civil society organizations and other organisations or individuals.

Objective of the consultation

This public consultation is a part of the evaluation of the Council Directive 79/7/EEC on the progressive implementation of the principle of equal treatment for men and women in matters of social security under the recently adopted Commission’s Better Regulation Framework. This public consultation will be used to collect the views of the broad public in the context of evaluating the implementation and application of Directive 79/7/EEC.

This Directive was adopted in 1978. Since that time European gender equality law and national social security systems covered by the Directive have been substantively developed and reformed. It is therefore appropriate that the Commission conducts an assessment in terms of the efficiency, effectiveness, coherence, relevance, sustainability and EU added-value with a specific focus on identifying possibilities for modernisation.

The feedback on the implementation and application of Directive 79/7/EEC will be instrumental for the Commission’s reflections as to whether to propose action in relation to the modernisation of this Directive and the form it could take.

Further information

Please check the European Commission’s webpage for information on how to submit your contribution. This public consultation is open from 21/09/2015 to 14/12/2015.