Council Conclusions on Equal income opportunities for women and men: Closing the gender gap in pensions
Rådskonklusjoner vedtatt 18.06.2015
BAKGRUNN (fra Rådets pressemelding 18.06.2015, engelsk utgave)
Gender gap in pensions
The Council adopted conclusions on equal income opportunities for women and men: Closing the gender gap in pensions (9302/15).
The conclusions call on the member states and the Commission to:
• promote research into the causes and effects of the gender gap in pensions;
• develop an indicator within the framework of the SPC; and to
• pursue measures to tackle the causes of the gender gap in pensions.
Since pension issues are for the most part a matter of national competence, the member states are separately called upon to address the problem in a number of different ways.
These conclusions will enable the member states to make progress towards de facto equality between women and men in terms of economic independence.
According to the latest figures published by the Commission, the average gender gap in pensions in the EU is 38.5 %, substantially higher than the gender pay gap (16.5 %). The causes of the gender gap in pensions are complex, as shown by research undertaken by the Social Protection Committee and the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE).
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