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Minister Petkov: Gender equality among priorities of Bulgarian Presidency of Council of EU

Gender equality is among the priorities of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU. We will work together to achieve equal economic independence, eradication of gender-based violence, as well as to examine the impact of digitalisation on gender equality. This was said by the Minister of Labour and Social Policy Biser Petkov. Today he presented the priorities of the Bulgarian Presidency in the field of employment and social policy to the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality of the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium.


He reminded the MEPs in his statement that in July 2017 the trio Presidency Estonia-Bulgaria-Austria signed a joint declaration on gender equality. The document stresses the importance of the problem and the need to find legal and political mechanism for guaranteeing equal participation of men and women in all spheres of public life.


We will work actively on legislative proposals, related to improving the working conditions of European citizens and the work-life balance. Bridging the pay gap will also be a focus of the Bulgarian presidency. This issue will be discussed by the ministers of labour and social policy during a meeting of the Council of the EU in March, minister Petkov said.


Today, more than ever, we should put the needs of the European citizens at the heart of our concerns. The positive economic growth should be used to the utmost, in order to improve our resilience to future crises, create new jobs and improve social justice, Minister Petkov said.

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