Welcome on behalf of the European Commission by Helena Dalli
Helena Dalli, Commissioner for Equality of the European Commission, welcomed the participants on behalf of the European Commission and the organisers of the seminar. Adam Bodnar, Law professor at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Warsaw, Poland, provided the keynote speech. The programme included five workshops in which relevant topics were discussed which tied in with the network’s work in 2021. The organisers and a representative of the Commission provided closing remarks.
After welcoming the participants, Commissioner Dalli presented the three main goals of the Commission in the field of gender equality: the eradication of gender-based violence and domestic violence; equal pay for men and women and gender balance on company boards; and the legislative initiatives the Commission is taking in these fields. She also mentioned the Commission’s comprehensive set of tools to support Member States in advancing equality and stepping up the fight against discrimination. She called on the participants to use the seminar to speak up, to share one’s thoughts and ideas, and to take home today’s reflections.