Women, the old and disabled, ethnic and religious groups, and all, irrespective of sexual preferences, must be treated equally and fairly according to this largely unsung but landmark piece of legislation.
It ensures that men and women receive equal pay for work of equal value. But it also extends this protection to all forms of discrimination.
This well timed treaty also seeks to bring Brussels closer to ordinary people. The EU institutions will have to make their decision-making more "transparent". The Court of Auditors will be strengthened in its work of overseeing expenditure by the Commission.
Like the citizens of the Roman Empire, we will all be encouraged to feel that we are citizens of Europe, whilst being no less citizens of our individual member states. The powers of the Parliament, the only directly elected European institution, will be increased.
We look forward to seeing a fairer and more democratic EU emerging as a result of this treaty.
Chair, UK Women of Europe
GILES RADICE MP
(Lab, Durham North)
Chair, European Movement
European Union of Women
World Association Women Entrepreneurs
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