Press Release by the Greek General Secretariat for Gender Equality on the results of the meeting of the HLG on gender mainstreaming (Amsterdam, 21-22/1/2016)

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Athens, 27-1-2016             To: - European Commission, DG Justice & Consumers, D2 Gender Equality, 
                                                Secretariat of the HLG on gender mainstreaming.
                                              - General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union.
                                              - European Institute for Gender Equality.
                                       Cc: - The Cabinet of the Secretary General for Gender Equality, Greece.
Dear Colleagues,
I would like to inform you that yesterday the General Secretariat for Gender Equality, i.e. the governmental organization in charge of equality between women and men in Greece, issued a detailed press release in Greek on the results of the meeting of the High Level Group on gender mainstreaming (Amsterdam, 21-22/1/2016): .
The press release is divided into four parts. 
The first part deals with the main priorities of the new Trio of Presidencies (The Netherlands, Slovakia, Malta). 
The second part focuses on the Strategic Engagement by the European Commission on equality between women and men during the period 2016-2019 and it includes all the important information of the interesting presentation by Ms Daniela Bankier, Head of Gender Equality Unit at the European Commission, DG Justice & Consumers. You will easily recognize the data on gender gap in the European Union derived from the interactive slides of the presentation.
The third part of the press release refers to the proposal by the European Commission for a unified approach on data collection on gender-based violence in the E.U. and the benefits of a possible accession of the European Union to the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women.
The last part presents the highlights of the Greek participation at the meeting. The vivid and fruitful interventions by the Greek side focused on the criticism on the approach of the College of Commissioners to the issue of a new Strategy for Gender Equality by using the football term "foul", as well as on the initiatives taken by the General Secretariat for Gender Equality in relation to the promotion of policies and actions by the European institutions on gender equality and the appreciation of the European Commission for that expressed by Ms Salla Saastamoinen, Director for Equality at the European Commission, DG Justice & Consumers. The press release also includes the link to the public consultation on reconciliation of working and family life ending on 17-2-2016, which serves as an additional reminder for further participation at the public consultation.
It is underlined that the press released has already been sent to an extensive network of recipients throughout the country. This has served as an added value because the recent developments on gender equality in the E.U. have been communicated not only to public authorities but mainly to civil society and citizens in general.
Wishing you and all the members of your team the very best,    
   Yours sincerely,
Dimosthenis TREMOS -