Gender equality a fundamental right - EUbusiness Week newsletter 777
EUbusiness Week 777 top stories: Tusk re-elected EU president despite Polish objection; Gender pay gap persists, women earn 16.3% less than men; Defence ministers agree joint military HQ; EU green light for Paks II nuclear power plant in Hungary; Brussels fines six car suppliers EUR 155m over cartels; Europe needs to close digital gap: report
International Women's Day was an occasion for the EU to reaffirm its
commitment to gender equality enshrined in the EU treaties. Yet women
are still paid less, receive lower pensions and are less represented in
top corporate posts.
Intolerance may also be on the rise, with some Member States moving in the wrong direction, encouraged by the Brexit and Trump votes. But as EC chief Jean-Claude Juncker put it, "if intolerance and chauvinism start to proliferate inside or outside our borders we have to push back twice as hard with a simple and thoroughly European message: gender equality is not an aspirational goal, it is a fundamental right."
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1. Tusk re-elected EU president despite Polish objection
European leaders at a summit in Brussels Thursday re-elected Donald Tusk
as European Council president, despite angry objection from the
eurosceptic right-wing government of his home country Poland.
2. Gender pay gap persists, women earn 16.3% less than men
A report on gender equality to mark International Women's Day on
Wednesday shows that despite women's employment rate reaching an
all-time high, women still earn 16.3% less than men across Europe.
3. Defence ministers agree joint military HQ
EU foreign affairs and defence ministers agreed Monday to establish
joint military headquarters for the planning and conduct of
non-executive military missions initially in Somalia, Central Africa and
4. EU green light for Paks II nuclear power plant in Hungary
Amid criticism from environmental groups, the Commission gave its green
light Monday to state subsidies for the construction by a Russian
company of two new nuclear reactors in Paks (Paks II) in Hungary.
5. Brussels fines six car suppliers EUR 155m over cartels
The Commission has fined six car suppliers a total of EUR 155m for
taking part in cartels supplying air conditioning and engine cooling
components to manufacturers in Europe.
6. Europe needs to close digital gap: report
The gap between top digital players and lower-performing countries is
still too wide, according to the 2017 Digital Economy and Society Index.
Right to be forgotten: there is no right to be forgotten in respect of
personal data in the companies register, although restricted access is
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