While the Parliament has put emphasis on the fight against poverty of women in a recent report, the Council of ministers of social affairs has also supported action to fight poverty of women in conclusions negotiated under the Slovakian presidency. The Council calls for the implementation of the Commission’s roadmap on work-life balance, the proposed European pillar of social rights, and to include two new indicators on the at-risk-of poverty rate of migrant women and of inactive women, including by age groups. The Parliament went further and supports the call for recognising care periods through care leave arrangements, employee-driven flexible working time, care credits in pension schemes and supporting services. AGE welcomes many of the points taken up by the Parliament and the Council, but considers that some points are missing. Continue Reading
On 26th October 2016, the European Parliament approved the EU Directive on the accessibility of the websites and mobile applications of public sector bodies. The new rules establish a set of criteria and technical provisions to enable everyone, including people with disabilities (in particular vision or hearing impairments), to have access to online data and services provided by public sector bodies.
This rewards AGE Platform Europe’s campaign, started several years ago together with the European Blind Union (EBU), the European Disability Forum (EDF) and the European Organisation representing Consumers in Standardisation (ANEC), in favour of a binding legislation on web accessibility. Our common objective was to ensure that public sector websites and websites delivering basic services to citizens are made accessible to all.
Useful links :
- European Parliament adopted report
- European Commission press release
- Web accessibility: It is time to make everyone benefit from the digital revolution (press release)
- Inaccessible Websites : Time to Act ! (press release)
- Joint call to the Council on the Web Accessibility Directive
- AGE becomes partner in a new project on online public services for older persons
- Help improve accessibility of websites through crowd sourcing
Media launch of the European Parliament information campaign in the run-up to the 2014 elections
The European Parliament kicked off today its campaign for 2014 European Elections by unveiling this trailer and the overall slogan: