The Italian trade unionist Giulia Barbucci is the EESC's new Vice-President with responsibility for the budget.
"I am delighted to be part of a presidency that is two-thirds female," said Barbucci at the plenary session. "Gender equality is still an open issue within the EESC, the institutions and the European Union as a whole."
Giulia Barbucci has been working for CGIL (Confederazione Generale Italiana del Lavoro), Italy's largest trade union, since 1989. At this time of economic crisis, she considers it essential to maintain sound and transparent budget management, with one key priority: ensuring that members can carry out their political work.
Giulia Barbucci's work has always focused on the protection of workers of both sexes. In July this year she took charge of the opinion on the Strategy for Gender Equality in the European Union, representing the Committee's contribution to the European Commission.
In 2002, she took part in the negotiations on the European Framework Agreement on Telework, which should now be reviewed in the light of the pandemic. "During this health crisis, businesses have managed to get by, often without clear rules," Ms Barbucci explained. "The impact of teleworking on people and households is now immense, however, and women are the first to bear the consequences, as their tasks also include care work. This is why it is essential to safeguard the right to disconnect." (na)
Watch a video message of the EESC vice-president for budget: