On 22 April 2021, the EMPL and FEMM committees organized a joint hearing on the Commission proposal for a Pay Transparency Directive.
On 4 March 2021, the European Commission had published the “Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council to strengthen the application of the principle of equal pay for equal work or work of equal value between men and women through pay transparency and enforcement mechanisms”.
The right to equal pay between women and men for equal work or work of equal value is one of the EU’s founding principles enshrined in the Treaty of Rome.
The requirement to ensure equal pay is set out in Directive 2006/54/E. Despite the legal framework, the effective implementation and enforcement of this principle in practice remains a challenge in the EU, with lack of pay transparency as one of the main obstacles. The gender pay gap in the EU is at around 14%.
Location : Room SPAAK 1A002 & Remote participation