Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the EC, speaks on the issue of women's rights in advance of the Colloquium on Fundamental Rights 2017. There is still a pension gap of 40% between women and men in Europe and a pay gap of 14%. The 2017 edition of the Annual Colloquium on Fundamental Rights, taking place in Brussels on 20 and 21 November will focus on "women's rights in turbulent times". The objective of the event is to improve mutual cooperation and greater political engagement for the promotion and protection of key fundamental rights in the EU.
Sixty years ago in Rome, the foundations were laid for the Europe that we know today, ushering in the longest period of peace in written history in Europe. The Treaties of Rome established a common market where people, goods, services and capital can move freely and created the conditions for prosperity and stability for European citizens.
On this anniversary, Europe looks back with pride and looks forward with hope. For 60 years we have built a Union that promotes peaceful cooperation, respect of human dignity, liberty, democracy, equality and solidarity among European nations and peoples. Now, Europe's shared and better future is ours to design.
"It's time to roll up our sleeves and get down to work." European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker leads this team of Commissioners to kick-start economic recovery, create more and better jobs, work towards a better future for Europe's youth, protect the most vulnerable in our society and cope with the rapidly deteriorating geopolitical situation.
The European Solidarity Corps is the new EU initiative which creates opportunities for young people to volunteer or work in projects in their own country or abroad that benefit communities and people around Europe. Register here: http://europa.eu/solidarity-corps