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"Mr President, Commissioner, it is 20 centuries since it was proclaimed 'there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female'. Safeguarding equal treatment of men and women, under the law at least, is a cultural necessity; however, we still need, even today in the 21st century, to insist not only that this should apply where the common sense of the European considers it to be self-evident, but also so that we can update and simplify the common legislation of the European Union, so that new and future Member States can easily take up the and the Lisbon Strategy can be achieved. We also need to compare and analyse the negative aspects of the careers of men and women in a bid to identify the 'opportunities' created by inequalities. As draftsman of the opinion of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs, I shall always remember the reaction of the Commission representative when he realised that, apart from the general view of Community legislation and the case law of the Court of Justice on equal pay, equal treatment by social insurance systems, equal treatment in vocational training, recruitment and deployment at work and the burden of proof of inequalities, we added equal treatment and equal opportunities within the framework of parental leave. It needed the exemplary method or insistence of Mrs Niebler, of the rapporteur of the Committee on Women's Rights and Equal Opportunities, who improved the Commission text by combining the opinions of the other committees and achieving a compromise in unofficial tripartite negotiations, in order for the wish of the European Parliament to be satisfied and attention to be given to reconciling work and family. Of course it does not say family; it says that private life needs to be reconciled with work, as if we meant that men and women excluded the possibility of creating and maintaining a family from their private life. Of course, the compromise amendment on the review of parental leave within the framework of the new possibilities offered by the roadmap for women's rights offers a great deal of hope together with a new agreement on equality and I trust that Mrs Niebler's children and all our children will live in a society of equality."@en1

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