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Bureaucratic measures will have very little effect on the gender pay gap
While acknowledging the Commission's efforts to increase pay transparency and to strengthen enforcement of the equal pay principle, there are measures that are more efficient and proportionate than binding legislation to address these issues without increasing the administrative burden and costs for companies, in particular for small and medium-sized enterprises. In order to address the gender pay gap, the root causes of the gap must be carefully assessed and correctly identified. The EU and the Member States need to take policy action that provides solutions to horizontal and vertical labour market segregation, gender stereotypes and the inadequate provision of child-care and long-term care.