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EC Legislation on Equal Treatment between Women and Men

- for University Professors and Law Lecturers
Organised in the framework of the PROGRESS programme

, 21 September 2009 – 22 September 2009
(simultaneous interpretation)
Event number:

Areas of law:


Participation on selection. Selected participants will receive a significant contribution to their travel and accommodation costs.

The principle of equality between women and men has been part of Community law since the signing of the Treaty of Rome in 1957. Since then, a considerable body of legislation has been adopted:

  • a first “generation” of five Directives on equal treatment in employment and occupation (some of these later revised);
  • a “second “generation” of Directives on additional and related issues (e.g. burden of proof, but also health protection in the context of maternity or parental leave)
  • and a third “generation” related to access to goods and services, modernisation and recasting (with effect from 15 August 2009).

The content of these Directives has been interpreted by the European Court of Justice in a large number of judgments.

Other seminars are being organised for legal practitioners (18-19 May and 8-9 June) and for members of the judiciary (19-20 October; 9-10 November and 7-8 December).

These training sessions are financed by the European Community Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity (2007-2013).
This programme was established to support the implementation of the objectives of the European Union in the employment and social affairs area, as set out in the Social Agenda, and thereby contribute to the achievement of the Lisbon Strategy goals in these fields.
The seven-year Programme targets all stakeholders who can help shape the development of appropriate and effective employment and social legislation and policies, across the EU-27, EFTA and EU candidate and pre-candidate countries.
The Programme has six general objectives. These are:
(1) to improve the knowledge and understanding of the situation prevailing in the Member States (and in other participating countries) through analysis, evaluation and close monitoring of policies;
(2) to support the development of statistical tools and methods and common indicators, where appropriate broken down by gender and age group, in the areas covered by the programme;
(3) to support and monitor the implementation of Community law, where applicable, and policy objectives in the Member States, and assess their effectiveness and impact;
(4) to promote networking, mutual learning, identification and dissemination of good practice and innovative approaches at EU level;
(5) to enhance the awareness of the stakeholders and the general public about the EU policies and objectives pursued under each of the policy sections;
(6) to boost the capacity of key EU networks to promote, support and further develop EU policies and objectives, where applicable.
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