[19 August 2017] One month ago, on 19 July 2017, the current presidency, Estonia, together with future presidencies - Bulgaria (latter part of 2017) and Austria (first semester 2018) adopted a joint trio Declaration on Equality between Women and Men in which they commit to placing gender equality high on the EU’s political agenda, including in discussions on the Future of Europe and the future EU’s Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF). For more details on the meeting, click here.
The Trio Presidency Declaration, includes the priorities for each Presidency. Overall these can be summarised by a focus on strengthening gender mainstreaming, women in the digitalised world of work, youth and gender equality and leading negotiations on the Work-Life-Balance proposed directive. The Declaration also calls for a stand-alone high levevl Strategy for Equality between Women and Men, as a follow-up to the current Commission’s Strategic engagement on gender equality.