BETA


2019/2167(INI) Gender Equality in EU’s foreign and security policy

Progress: Procedure completed

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead FEMM URTASUN Ernest (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE) WEISS Pernille (icon: EPP EPP), MORETTI Alessandra (icon: S&D S&D), RAFAELA Samira (icon: Renew Renew), TOVAGLIERI Isabella (icon: ID ID), EPPINK Derk Jan (icon: ECR ECR), KOUNTOURA Elena (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL)
Committee Opinion AFET NEUMANN Hannah (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE) Hilde VAUTMANS (icon: RE RE), Željana ZOVKO (icon: PPE PPE), Assita KANKO (icon: ECR ECR), Idoia VILLANUEVA RUIZ (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL), Katarina BARLEY (icon: S&D S&D)
Lead committee dossier:
Legal Basis:
RoP 54

Events

2020/10/23
   EP - Decision by Parliament
Details

The European Parliament adopted by 477 votes to 112, with 94 abstentions, a resolution on gender equality in the EU's foreign and security policy.

Women and girls may experience multiple forms of discrimination and are particularly affected by physical, psychological and sexual violence, poverty, armed conflict and the consequences of climate and health emergencies. Members stressed the need to mobilise, protect and support women in order to achieve lasting peace and security. Women's civil society groups and activists play a critical role in advancing peace and security agendas.

Furthermore, women remain largely under-represented and under-valued in policy and decision-making processes, including in the field of foreign policy and international security in the EU and worldwide.

Gender equality as a guiding principle of the EU's external action

Members called on the European External Action Service (EEAS), the Commission, EU agencies and Member States to systematically integrate the gender equality dimension into the Union's foreign and security, enlargement, trade and development policies.

The resolution stressed the need to maintain commitment to the implementation of the third gender action Plan (2021-2025) at the highest political levels. Members affirmed that 85% of official development assistance (ODA) should be allocated to programmes with gender equality, including sexual and reproductive health and rights, as their main objective.

Parliament recommended that the third gender action plan be accompanied by clear, measurable and time-bound indicators of success to enable monitoring of changes in the short, medium and long term. It called on the EEAS and the Commission to:

- step up efforts to implement a structured approach to gender mainstreaming in the budget process,

- recognise that women and girls are drivers of change and support their safe, meaningful and inclusive participation in civil and public life,

- pursue a values-based trade policy, aiming at ensuring a high level of protection of labour and environmental rights, as well as respect for fundamental freedoms and human rights, including gender equality.

EU institutional culture

Members called for the creation of a new official Council configuration of ministers and secretaries of state responsible for gender equality to facilitate the integration of gender equality into all EU policies, including foreign and security policy.

Parliament pressed for the achievement of the target of 50% of women in management positions, including as heads of delegations and Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) missions and operations. Despite the progress made, it regretted that the EEAS is far from reaching this target, with women representing only two of the eight Special Representatives and occupying only 31.3% of middle management positions and 26% of senior management posts. It called on the VP/HR to take the necessary measures to remedy this situation and on Member States to offer more women in senior positions.

Members stressed the importance of promoting gender equality in the Union's foreign policy, particularly in Parliament's relations with third countries. In this regard, they welcomed the decision of Parliament's delegations to appoint a gender representative in each delegation.

Prioritising the protection and advancement of women’s and girls’ rights and their participation

Parliament recalled the pivotal role of women in promoting dialogue, building peace and bringing different perspectives on the meaning of peace and security. It called on the VP/HR, the EEAS and the Member States to safeguard women's rights and ensure their full participation in the various stages of the conflict cycle, as part of the EU’s conflict prevention and mediation activities.

The resolution called on the EU and the Member States to ratify the Istanbul Convention, the first legally binding international instrument on preventing and combating violence against women, in order to set a global example and give credibility to the EU's commitment to the eradication of violence against women in the EU's external relations. It also stressed the imperative of eliminating the use of rape as a weapon of war and oppression.

Lastly, recalling that the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbates all kinds of inequalities, including gender inequalities, Parliament stressed the need to ensure that the implementation of the EU's comprehensive response to the COVID-19 pandemic takes into account gender issues and the specific needs of women by ensuring their participation throughout the programming cycle.

Documents
2020/10/23
   EP - End of procedure in Parliament
2020/10/22
   EP - Debate in Parliament
2020/08/03
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, single reading
Documents
2020/08/03
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary
Documents
2020/07/16
   EP - Vote in committee
2020/07/07
   EP - Committee opinion
Documents
2020/04/29
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
Documents
2020/04/16
   EP - Referral to associated committees announced in Parliament
2020/03/27
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2020/01/14
   EP - URTASUN Ernest (Verts/ALE) appointed as rapporteur in FEMM
2019/12/19
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament
2019/12/04
   EP - NEUMANN Hannah (Verts/ALE) appointed as rapporteur in AFET

Documents

Activities

Votes

A9-0145/2020 - Ernest Urtasun - § 1/1 #

2020/10/22 Outcome: +: 536, -: 86, 0: 65
DE FR ES IT RO PT HU NL BE DK EL SE IE FI CZ SK SI LT BG AT LV CY LU EE MT HR PL
Total
95
78
58
74
33
21
21
29
21
14
20
20
12
14
21
12
8
11
12
19
8
6
6
6
5
12
51
icon: PPE PPE
183

Denmark PPE

For (1)

1

Latvia PPE

2
2

Luxembourg PPE

2

Estonia PPE

For (1)

1

Malta PPE

2

Croatia PPE

For (1)

4
icon: S&D S&D
137

Greece S&D

2

Slovakia S&D

2

Slovenia S&D

2

Lithuania S&D

2

Latvia S&D

2

Cyprus S&D

2

Luxembourg S&D

For (1)

1

Estonia S&D

2
icon: Renew Renew
97

Italy Renew

For (1)

1

Hungary Renew

2

Ireland Renew

2

Finland Renew

3

Slovakia Renew

2

Slovenia Renew

2

Lithuania Renew

Abstain (1)

2

Austria Renew

For (1)

1

Latvia Renew

For (1)

1

Luxembourg Renew

2

Estonia Renew

3

Croatia Renew

For (1)

1
icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE
68

Spain Verts/ALE

3

Portugal Verts/ALE

1

Netherlands Verts/ALE

3

Belgium Verts/ALE

3

Denmark Verts/ALE

2

Sweden Verts/ALE

3

Ireland Verts/ALE

2

Finland Verts/ALE

3

Czechia Verts/ALE

3

Lithuania Verts/ALE

2

Austria Verts/ALE

3

Latvia Verts/ALE

1

Luxembourg Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Poland Verts/ALE

For (1)

1
icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL
39

Netherlands GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Belgium GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Denmark GUE/NGL

1

Sweden GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Finland GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Czechia GUE/NGL

Abstain (1)

1

Cyprus GUE/NGL

2
icon: NI NI
28

Germany NI

2

Hungary NI

1

Netherlands NI

Against (1)

1

Slovakia NI

Against (1)

1

Croatia NI

Abstain (1)

2
icon: ID ID
73

Netherlands ID

Against (1)

1

Denmark ID

For (1)

1

Finland ID

2

Czechia ID

Against (1)

Abstain (1)

2

Austria ID

3
icon: ECR ECR
62

Germany ECR

Against (1)

1

Romania ECR

Against (1)

1

Netherlands ECR

Abstain (1)

4

Greece ECR

Against (1)

1
3

Slovakia ECR

Abstain (1)

2

Lithuania ECR

Against (1)

1

Bulgaria ECR

2

Latvia ECR

For (1)

Against (1)

2

Croatia ECR

Against (1)

1

A9-0145/2020 - Ernest Urtasun - § 1/2 #

2020/10/22 Outcome: +: 357, -: 179, 0: 151
ES FR DE RO PT BE IE FI HU EL SE DK EE SK CY LT LU SI LV MT NL HR BG AT IT CZ PL
Total
58
78
95
33
21
21
12
14
21
20
20
14
6
12
6
11
6
8
8
5
29
12
12
19
74
21
51
icon: S&D S&D
137

Greece S&D

2

Estonia S&D

2

Slovakia S&D

2

Cyprus S&D

2

Lithuania S&D

2

Luxembourg S&D

For (1)

1

Slovenia S&D

2

Latvia S&D

2
icon: Renew Renew
97

Ireland Renew

2

Finland Renew

3

Hungary Renew

2

Estonia Renew

3

Slovakia Renew

2

Lithuania Renew

Abstain (1)

2

Luxembourg Renew

2

Slovenia Renew

2

Latvia Renew

For (1)

1

Croatia Renew

For (1)

1

Austria Renew

For (1)

1

Italy Renew

For (1)

1
icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE
68

Spain Verts/ALE

3

Portugal Verts/ALE

1

Belgium Verts/ALE

3

Ireland Verts/ALE

2

Finland Verts/ALE

3

Sweden Verts/ALE

3

Denmark Verts/ALE

2

Lithuania Verts/ALE

2

Luxembourg Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Latvia Verts/ALE

1

Netherlands Verts/ALE

3

Austria Verts/ALE

3

Czechia Verts/ALE

3

Poland Verts/ALE

For (1)

1
icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL
39

Belgium GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Finland GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Sweden GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Denmark GUE/NGL

1

Cyprus GUE/NGL

2

Netherlands GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Czechia GUE/NGL

Abstain (1)

1
icon: NI NI
28

Germany NI

Abstain (1)

2

Hungary NI

1

Slovakia NI

Against (1)

1

Netherlands NI

1

Croatia NI

Abstain (1)

2
icon: PPE PPE
183

Ireland PPE

For (1)

4

Finland PPE

Abstain (1)

3

Sweden PPE

Abstain (1)

5

Denmark PPE

Abstain (1)

1

Estonia PPE

Abstain (1)

1

Cyprus PPE

2

Luxembourg PPE

2

Slovenia PPE

4

Latvia PPE

2

Malta PPE

2

Croatia PPE

Abstain (1)

4
icon: ECR ECR
62

Germany ECR

Against (1)

1

Romania ECR

Against (1)

1

Greece ECR

Against (1)

1
3

Slovakia ECR

Abstain (1)

2

Lithuania ECR

Against (1)

1

Latvia ECR

Against (1)

Abstain (1)

2

Netherlands ECR

4

Croatia ECR

Against (1)

1

Bulgaria ECR

2
icon: ID ID
73

Finland ID

2

Denmark ID

For (1)

1

Netherlands ID

Against (1)

1

Austria ID

3

Czechia ID

Against (1)

Abstain (1)

2

A9-0145/2020 - Ernest Urtasun - § 5/1 #

2020/10/22 Outcome: +: 555, 0: 94, -: 37
FR DE ES IT RO PL HU NL PT EL SE BE DK AT IE CZ HR BG LT SI FI SK LV LU EE MT CY
Total
78
95
58
73
33
51
21
29
21
20
20
21
14
19
12
21
12
12
11
8
14
12
8
6
6
5
6
icon: PPE PPE
183

Denmark PPE

For (1)

1

Latvia PPE

2

Luxembourg PPE

2

Estonia PPE

For (1)

1

Malta PPE

2
2
icon: S&D S&D
136

Greece S&D

2

Lithuania S&D

2

Slovenia S&D

2

Slovakia S&D

2

Latvia S&D

2

Luxembourg S&D

For (1)

1

Estonia S&D

2

Cyprus S&D

2
icon: Renew Renew
97

Italy Renew

For (1)

1

Hungary Renew

2

Austria Renew

For (1)

1

Ireland Renew

2

Croatia Renew

For (1)

1

Lithuania Renew

Abstain (1)

2

Slovenia Renew

2

Finland Renew

3

Slovakia Renew

2

Latvia Renew

For (1)

1

Luxembourg Renew

2

Estonia Renew

3
icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE
68

Spain Verts/ALE

3

Poland Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Netherlands Verts/ALE

3

Portugal Verts/ALE

1

Sweden Verts/ALE

3

Belgium Verts/ALE

3

Denmark Verts/ALE

2

Austria Verts/ALE

3

Ireland Verts/ALE

2

Czechia Verts/ALE

3

Lithuania Verts/ALE

2

Finland Verts/ALE

3

Latvia Verts/ALE

1

Luxembourg Verts/ALE

For (1)

1
icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL
39

Netherlands GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Portugal GUE/NGL

4

Sweden GUE/NGL

Abstain (1)

1

Belgium GUE/NGL

Abstain (1)

1

Denmark GUE/NGL

1

Czechia GUE/NGL

Against (1)

1

Finland GUE/NGL

Against (1)

1

Cyprus GUE/NGL

Against (1)

2
icon: NI NI
28

Germany NI

Abstain (1)

2

Hungary NI

1

Netherlands NI

Against (1)

1

Croatia NI

Abstain (1)

2

Slovakia NI

Against (1)

1
icon: ID ID
73

Netherlands ID

Against (1)

1

Denmark ID

For (1)

1

Austria ID

3

Czechia ID

Against (2)

2

Finland ID

2
icon: ECR ECR
62

Germany ECR

Abstain (1)

1

Romania ECR

Abstain (1)

1

Netherlands ECR

4

Greece ECR

Abstain (1)

1

Sweden ECR

Against (1)

3

Croatia ECR

Abstain (1)

1

Bulgaria ECR

2

Lithuania ECR

Abstain (1)

1

Slovakia ECR

Abstain (1)

2

Latvia ECR

For (1)

Abstain (1)

2

A9-0145/2020 - Ernest Urtasun - § 5/2 #

2020/10/22 Outcome: +: 476, -: 148, 0: 62
DE FR ES RO IT NL EL SE PT BE DK IE FI CZ LV CY BG SI LU LT EE SK HR AT MT HU PL
Total
95
78
57
33
74
29
20
20
21
21
14
12
14
21
8
6
12
8
6
11
6
12
12
19
5
21
51
icon: S&D S&D
137

Greece S&D

2

Latvia S&D

2

Cyprus S&D

2

Slovenia S&D

2

Luxembourg S&D

For (1)

1

Lithuania S&D

2

Estonia S&D

2

Slovakia S&D

2

Malta S&D

For (1)

Against (1)

Abstain (1)

3
icon: Renew Renew
97

Italy Renew

For (1)

1

Ireland Renew

2

Finland Renew

3

Latvia Renew

For (1)

1

Slovenia Renew

2

Luxembourg Renew

2

Lithuania Renew

Abstain (1)

2

Estonia Renew

3

Slovakia Renew

2

Croatia Renew

For (1)

1

Austria Renew

For (1)

1

Hungary Renew

2
icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE
68

Spain Verts/ALE

3

Netherlands Verts/ALE

3

Sweden Verts/ALE

3

Portugal Verts/ALE

1

Belgium Verts/ALE

3

Denmark Verts/ALE

2

Ireland Verts/ALE

2

Finland Verts/ALE

3

Czechia Verts/ALE

3

Latvia Verts/ALE

1

Luxembourg Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Lithuania Verts/ALE

2

Austria Verts/ALE

3

Poland Verts/ALE

For (1)

1
icon: PPE PPE
182

Denmark PPE

For (1)

1

Latvia PPE

2
2

Slovenia PPE

Abstain (2)

4

Luxembourg PPE

2

Estonia PPE

Abstain (1)

1

Slovakia PPE

Abstain (1)

5

Croatia PPE

4

Malta PPE

2
icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL
39

Netherlands GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Sweden GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Belgium GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Denmark GUE/NGL

1

Finland GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Czechia GUE/NGL

1

Cyprus GUE/NGL

2
icon: NI NI
28

Germany NI

Abstain (1)

2

Netherlands NI

1

Slovakia NI

Against (1)

1

Croatia NI

Abstain (1)

2

Hungary NI

1
icon: ECR ECR
62

Germany ECR

Abstain (1)

1

Romania ECR

Against (1)

1

Netherlands ECR

Against (1)

4

Greece ECR

Against (1)

1
3

Latvia ECR

2

Bulgaria ECR

2

Lithuania ECR

Against (1)

1

Slovakia ECR

Abstain (1)

2

Croatia ECR

Abstain (1)

1
icon: ID ID
73

Netherlands ID

Against (1)

1

Denmark ID

For (1)

1

Finland ID

2

Czechia ID

Against (2)

2

Austria ID

3

A9-0145/2020 - Ernest Urtasun - § 7/1 #

2020/10/22 Outcome: +: 620, 0: 41, -: 26
IT DE FR ES PL RO NL PT HU CZ EL BE SE DK AT BG HR IE LT FI SK LV SI CY LU EE MT
Total
74
95
78
58
51
33
29
21
21
21
20
21
20
14
19
12
12
12
11
14
12
8
8
6
6
6
5
icon: PPE PPE
183

Denmark PPE

For (1)

1

Ireland PPE

Abstain (1)

4

Latvia PPE

2
2

Luxembourg PPE

2

Estonia PPE

For (1)

1

Malta PPE

2
icon: S&D S&D
137

Greece S&D

2

Lithuania S&D

2

Slovakia S&D

2

Latvia S&D

2

Slovenia S&D

2

Cyprus S&D

2

Luxembourg S&D

For (1)

1

Estonia S&D

2
icon: Renew Renew
97

Italy Renew

For (1)

1

Hungary Renew

2

Austria Renew

For (1)

1

Croatia Renew

For (1)

1

Ireland Renew

2

Lithuania Renew

Abstain (1)

2

Finland Renew

3

Slovakia Renew

2

Latvia Renew

For (1)

1

Slovenia Renew

2

Luxembourg Renew

2

Estonia Renew

3
icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE
68

Spain Verts/ALE

3

Poland Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Netherlands Verts/ALE

3

Portugal Verts/ALE

1

Czechia Verts/ALE

3

Belgium Verts/ALE

3

Sweden Verts/ALE

3

Denmark Verts/ALE

2

Austria Verts/ALE

3

Ireland Verts/ALE

2

Lithuania Verts/ALE

2

Finland Verts/ALE

3

Latvia Verts/ALE

1

Luxembourg Verts/ALE

For (1)

1
icon: ECR ECR
62

Germany ECR

For (1)

1

Romania ECR

1

Netherlands ECR

4

Greece ECR

1

Sweden ECR

Against (1)

3

Bulgaria ECR

2

Croatia ECR

For (1)

1

Lithuania ECR

1

Slovakia ECR

2

Latvia ECR

2
icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL
39

Netherlands GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Czechia GUE/NGL

1

Belgium GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Sweden GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Denmark GUE/NGL

1

Finland GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Cyprus GUE/NGL

2
icon: NI NI
28

Germany NI

2

Netherlands NI

1

Hungary NI

1

Croatia NI

Abstain (1)

2

Slovakia NI

For (1)

1
icon: ID ID
73

Netherlands ID

Against (1)

1

Czechia ID

Against (2)

2

Denmark ID

Abstain (1)

1

Austria ID

3

Finland ID

2

A9-0145/2020 - Ernest Urtasun - § 7/2 #

2020/10/22 Outcome: +: 339, -: 326, 0: 22
FR ES DE BE PT IE FI SE EE DK RO CY LU HR MT LT SI LV AT EL SK NL HU BG CZ PL IT
Total
78
58
95
21
21
12
14
20
6
14
33
6
6
12
5
11
8
8
19
20
12
29
21
12
21
51
74
icon: S&D S&D
137

Estonia S&D

2

Cyprus S&D

2

Luxembourg S&D

For (1)

1

Lithuania S&D

2

Slovenia S&D

2

Latvia S&D

2

Greece S&D

2

Slovakia S&D

2
icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE
68

Spain Verts/ALE

3

Belgium Verts/ALE

3

Portugal Verts/ALE

1

Ireland Verts/ALE

2

Finland Verts/ALE

3

Sweden Verts/ALE

3

Denmark Verts/ALE

2

Luxembourg Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Lithuania Verts/ALE

2

Latvia Verts/ALE

1

Austria Verts/ALE

3

Netherlands Verts/ALE

3

Czechia Verts/ALE

3

Poland Verts/ALE

For (1)

1
icon: Renew Renew
97

Ireland Renew

2

Finland Renew

3

Estonia Renew

3

Luxembourg Renew

2

Croatia Renew

For (1)

1

Lithuania Renew

Abstain (1)

2

Slovenia Renew

2

Latvia Renew

For (1)

1

Austria Renew

For (1)

1

Slovakia Renew

2

Hungary Renew

2

Italy Renew

For (1)

1
icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL
39

Belgium GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Finland GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Sweden GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Denmark GUE/NGL

1

Cyprus GUE/NGL

2

Netherlands GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Czechia GUE/NGL

Abstain (1)

1
icon: NI NI
28

Germany NI

2

Croatia NI

Abstain (1)

2

Slovakia NI

Against (1)

1

Netherlands NI

Against (1)

1

Hungary NI

1
icon: ECR ECR
62

Germany ECR

Against (1)

1
3

Romania ECR

Against (1)

1

Croatia ECR

Against (1)

1

Lithuania ECR

Against (1)

1

Latvia ECR

2

Greece ECR

Against (1)

1

Slovakia ECR

Abstain (1)

2

Netherlands ECR

4

Bulgaria ECR

2
icon: ID ID
73

Finland ID

2

Denmark ID

Abstain (1)

1

Austria ID

3

Netherlands ID

Against (1)

1

Czechia ID

Against (2)

2
icon: PPE PPE
183

Ireland PPE

For (1)

Against (1)

4

Finland PPE

3

Estonia PPE

Against (1)

1

Denmark PPE

Against (1)

1