News & Events

This page will be constantly updated to provide information on EGG events, conferences and workshops, the completion of work packages and the subsequent posting of reports, and general progress on the overall research.

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EGG News

  • On 31 May Eva Eberhardt was invited to take part in a 2 hour radio phone-in in Budapest to discuss EGG research and findings. More information on the Hungarian research team's activities over the last six months can be accessed via this link >>>>
  • On 9 May 2006, Eva Eberhardt presented the Hungarian team's research and findings at the Educational Insitute and at the Regional Education Committee in Novi Sad, Vojvodina, Serbia. Vojvodina TV & media were present at this event.
  • On 9 March 2006 the final seminar of the EGG project took place in the European Parliament. The aim of this seminar was to brief a select group of European Commission officials, MEPs, NGOs and journalists on the main research findings and policy recommendations, and to provide a platform for debating the future development of EU gender equality policy in the context of an enlarged European polity. To view the briefing papers, please click on this link >>>> For a summary of the Seminar please click on this link >>>> To view a news report about the seminar on CORDIS (the European Community Research & Development Information Service) please click on this link >>>>
  • On 9 November 2005, the Hungarian research team held a regional seminar aimed at disseminating the results of the Hungarian part of the EGG project. The seminar, held in Nyireghaza, was widely covered by the media, with two television and radio interviews given on the occasion.
  • On 27 October 2005 the Romanian research team held a national seminar aimed at disseminating the results of the Romanian part of the EGG project. The seminar was entitled "Gender Policies in Romania" and took place at the University of Bucharest
  • On 20 June 2005 EGG held its final conference in Prague. The aim of this conference was to disseminate the project final results and to obtain feedback from participants.
  • On 24 January 2005 EGG held its fifth planning meeting in Brussels. The following day EGG held its first dissemination workshop in the European Commission.
  • EGG held its fourth meeting at the Law University of Lithuania from 20-23 May 2004. Partners also enjoyed a visit to Europas Parkas.
  • EGG held its third planning meeting in Milan from 29 January to 1 February 2004 in Milan, hosted by University of Milano Bicocca.
  • EGG held its second planning meeting at Matej Bel University (Slovakia) from 29th May - 1st June 2003. The meeting and the EGG project received widespread coverage in the national radio and press.
  • EGG was officially launched at the consortium's first planning meeting, which was held at Queen's University Belfast on 22-23 November 2002. In addition to 2 days of productive meetings, partners were the guests of honour at a reception hosted by the European Commission office and attended by politically active women across Northern Ireland.

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Political News

  • September 2005. Parliamentary elections for both houses of the Parliament of Poland were held on 25 September. The election resulted in a sweeping vicory for two parties of the centre-right, the conservative Law and Justice (PiS) and the conservative-liberal Civic Platform (PO). This marked a defeat of the centre-left government of the Alliance of the Democratic Left (SLD). One day after the elections, the PiS announed Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz as their candidate for Prime Minister.
  • June 2005. On 25 June 2005, parliamentary elections were held in Bulgaria, with a victory for the opposition Socialist Party - though not enough to form a government. The governing Liberal Party of former King Simeon Saxe-Coburg Gotha came second - followed by a party mainly representing the Turkish minority. After weeks of negotiations, the main parties signed a coalition deal under which Mr Stanishev, of the Socialist Party, became Prime Minister.
  • May 2005. The Slovak Parliament ratified the EU Constitution on 11 May 2005 (116 Yes, 27 No and 4 Abstentions). This is the fourth of the newly joined EU Member States of Central and Eastern Europe to have ratified the Constitutional Treaty, following Lithuania (11 Nov 2004), Hungary (20 Dec 2004) and Slovenia (01 Feb 2005).
  • November 2004. On 28 November, Romania held both legislative and presidential elections, which were surrounded by a great deal of controversy. The opposition accused the Romanian Social Democrat Party (PSD) of fraud, demanding a re-rum of the election. By 25 December, a centre-right coalition government was formed between the PNL (National Liberal Party), the PD (Democratic Party), the UDMR (Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania) and the PUR (Romanian Humanist Party), while Calin Popescu Tariceanu (PNL) was designated Prime Minister.
  • October 2004. Legislative elections were held in Lithuania on 10 and 24 October. Following the second round, the Labour Party became the single largest party, gaining 39 seats of the 141-seat Lithuanian parliament (Seimas). Labour beat the governing coalition of the Social Democrats and the Social Liberals, who saw their combined representation in the Seimas plummet to 31 seats fromt eh 80 that they had won in the 2000 election. A new government, led by Prime Minister Algirdas Brazauskas, took office on 14 December 2004.
  • October 2004. The centre-right Slovenian Democrats (SDS) won a relative majority on the general elections on 3 October 2004 (29% of the votes). Prime Minister Anton Rop, of the Liberal Democrat Party (LDS), conceded defeat. Following the elections, Janez Jansa, leader of the SDS was sworn in as Prime Minister on 9 November 2004 and the National Assembly confirmed the new cabinet on December 3rd.
  • May 2004. Congratulations to the 8 Central and Eastern European countries which formally acceded to the European Union on 1 May.

EGG in the European Parliament

  • Two hundred and twenty one women were elected as members to the European Parliament in the 2004 elections. This represents 30% representation of women. A full list of women representatives by country can be found here>>>>
  • The European Parliament's Committee on Women's Rights and Equal Opportunities organized a Public Hearing on 'Elections 2004 - How to ensure balanced representation of women and men' on 11 June 2003. Five experts from different countries were invited to speak about the political representation of women in their countries (including Ireland, France, Belgium, Spain). Alexandra Bitusikova (Slovakia) had an opportunity to introduce the EGG project and to speak about the participation of women in politics in the EU candidate countries.

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