International Women’s Day

The Heads of EU Agencies and Joint Undertakings publish a joint declaration on harassment on the occasion of International Women’s Day.

Each year on 8 March since the early 1900's, the world celebrates International Women’s Day to recognise women’s achievements in different areas, to stand up for their rights and to call for gender equality.

The overarching theme this year is “#PressforProgress motivating and uniting friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive”.

The United Nations celebrate the day under the heading: “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives”, reminding everybody of two important goals under the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, namely goal number 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls; and goal number 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.

To mark the day this year, the Heads of EU Agencies and Joint Undertakings have prepared the following joint declaration on harassment to which the Translation Centre fully subscribes.


Joint declaration on harassment

Date: 8 March, 2018

logo EU Agencies Together, we the Heads of EU Agencies and Joint Undertakings commit to zero tolerance towards sexual harassment and we cannot and will not accept harassment of any form in our agencies. We take it upon ourselves to communicate to our staff that harassment in the workplace is never acceptable. We have committed ourselves in accordance with existing laws and particularly the staff regulations, to promote diversity at work and provide our staff with a trusted place in which to work.

Equality is one of the fundamental values on which the European Union is built. Gender-based violence, including sexual harassment, is one of the most extreme manifestations of inequality and discrimination.

Sexual violence and harassment contradict the principle of gender equality and equal treatment. They constitute gender-based discrimination in employment. Cases of sexual harassment and bullying, while significantly underreported, are a matter of health, safety and well-being in the workplace and need to be responded to effectively and in accordance with existing laws.

Heads of EU Agencies/Joint Undertakings:
Philippe MengalBio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU)
Tiit JürimäeClean Sky Joint Undertaking (CLEANSKY)
Martin EkvadCommunity Plant Variety Office (CPVO)
Bert De ColvenaerECSEL JU
Pascal LegaiEU Satellite Centre (SATCEN)
Christa SedlatschekEuropean Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA)
Krum GarkovEuropean Agency for the operational management of large-scale IT systems in the area of freedom, security and justice (eu-LISA)
Jose CarreiraEuropean Asylum Support Office (EASO)
Patrick KyEuropean Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)
Adam FarkasEuropean Banking Authority (EBA)
Fabrice LeggeriEuropean Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex)
Andrea AmmonEuropean Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)
Joachim James CallejaEuropean Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop)
Hans BruyninckxEuropean Environment Agency (EEA)
Pascal SavouretEuropean Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA)
Bernhard UrlEuropean Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
Juan Menéndez-ValdésEuropean Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound)
Carlo des DoridesEuropean GNSS Agency (GSA)
Virginija LangbakkEuropean Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE)
Martin KernEuropean Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT)
Fausto ParenteEuropean Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA)
Markku MyllyEuropean Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA)
Guido RasiEuropean Medicines Agency (EMA)
Alexis GoosdeelEuropean Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA)
Verena RossEuropean Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA)
Cesare OnestiniEuropean Training Foundation (ETF)
Rob WainwrightEuropean Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol)
Detlef SchröderEuropean Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL)
Udo HelmbrechtEuropean Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA)
Josef DoppelbauerEuropean Union Agency for Railways (ERA)
Antonio CampinosEuropean Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO)
Nick PanagiotopoulosEuropean Union's Judicial Cooperation Unit (Eurojust)
Bart BiebuyckFuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH)
Michael O'FlahertyFundamental Rights Agency (FRA)
Johannes SchwemmerFusion for Energy (F4E)
Pierre MeulienInnovative Medicines Initiative (IMI)
Laszlo IgnecziOffice of the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC Office)
Florian GuillermetSESAR Joint Undertaking
Carlo BorghiniShift2Rail Joint Undertaking (S2R)
Elke KönigSingle Resolution Board (SRB)
Máire KilloranTranslation Centre for the Bodies of the European Union (CdT)

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