Workshop – Directive 2004/113/EC: a forgotten Directive? by Eugenia Caracciolo di Torella
Eugenia Caracciolo di Torella, Associate Professor, Leicester Law School, presented the results of her research that will be published in a thematic report in 2022.
The aim of the report was twofold. First, to take stock of the Directive and its implementation in the Member States in order to highlight its achievements and shortcomings, as well as identifying the reasons for them. Second, to suggest measures that can (and should) be introduced in order to address these shortcomings. In order to inform this thematic report, a questionnaire was distributed to the national gender experts in the European network of legal experts in gender equality and non-discrimination, covering all the 27 European Union Member States plus the UK and 3 EFTA countries.
At the end of her presentation, Eugenia Caracciolo di Torella concluded that Directive 2004/113/EC is a forgotten directive with a great deal of potential. It is a key instrument to enhance social inclusion, fight damaging stereotypes, build a ‘culture of rights’, and further promote the meaningful participation of all (many) groups to society and ultimately to the economy. It is the ‘forgotten’ piece of the sophisticated EU equality jigsaw that can support other EU equality legal instruments to ensure that the principle of gender equality is not merely applied in the working environment.
Last but not least, it can go a long way to address the challenges posed by an increasingly digitalised society.