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Resolution on Women’s Rights in the Western Balkans authored by Biljana Borzan adopted in EP

Biljana Borzan; Photo: Biljana Borzan MEP

BRUSSELS – European Parliament’s Committee for Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM) has adopted the Resolution on Women’s Rights in the Western Balkans, authored by Croatian MEP Biljana Borzan, Rapporteur for Women’s Rights.

The Resolution has been adopted with a small majority of votes. It is a first document in this area in five years, N1 reports.

“This Resolution is of great importance to me. I have to make women of Western Balkans a priority of the European Parliament for years, and I am very glad that most of my requests, which I have formulated in cooperation with a number of non-governmental organisations from the region, has been adopted”, Borzan said.

The main issue tackled by the Resolution is violence against women. It highlights the lack of sufficient safe houses, slow work of the judiciary and non-reporting of the violence. Another issue is the inferior position of women on the job market.

According to the parliamentary procedures, the committee shall decide what procedure is to be followed, which may include the combination of the motion for a resolution with other motions for a resolution or with reports; the adoption of an opinion, which may take the form of a letter; or the drawing up of a report under Rule 52. The committee may also decide not to follow up the motion for a resolution.

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