The Committeeon Economic Affairs and Development warmly welcomes the report by Mr Paul Wille on the wage gap between women and men, and shares the main conclusions and suggestions contained in the draft resolution and recommendation tabled by the Committee on Equal Opportunities for Women and Men. The amendments submitted by the Committee on Economic Affairs and Development support the approach adopted by the Committee on Equal Opportunities for Women and Men and aim at clarifying and completing some provisions of the draft resolution and recommendation from an economic point of view.
In the draft resolution, paragraph 4, add the following sentence:
“This would not only remedy a deep-seated social injustice, but would also significantly boost productivity, competitiveness and national income throughout the European economies, as well as reduce governments’ social expenditure.”
In the draft resolution, sub-paragraph 6.6, after the words “8 March” add the words “International Women’s Day”.
In the draft resolution, sub-paragraph 6.6, replace the word “elimination” by the words “reduction of”.
In the draft recommendation, add the following new paragraph after paragraph 2:
“The Assembly recommends that the Committee of Ministers also give the stronger inclusion of women in the workforce appropriate high priority and strengthen its efforts to secure a high degree of female workforce participation in all member countries.”
In the draft recommendation, add the following new paragraph before paragraph 3:
“The Assembly recommends that the Committee of Ministers instruct its competent committee to initiate a thorough study on the relationship between workforce participation of women and the statistically measured wage gap and to send the results of this study to the Assembly.”
In the draft recommendation, paragraph 3, after the word “causes”, add the words “and effects”.
Reporting committee: Committee on Equal Opportunities for Women and Men
Committee for opinion: Committee on Economic Affairs and Development
Reference to committee: Reference 3469 of 27 June 2008
Draft opinion unanimously approved by the Committee on Economic Affairs and Development on 26 January 2010
Secretariat of the committee: Mr Newman, Ms Ramanauskaite, Mr de Buyer and Mr Pfaadt