The European Commission has published an eight-stage action plan for 2018-2019 to close the gender pay gap, following slow progress in overcoming gender pay inequality in the last five years. The plan addresses the need to consider further-reaching measures at EU-level and ensure the full application of the principle of equal pay between women and men.

The measures identified cover: (i) specified action to combat segregation across particular occupations, sectors and at different levels of seniority, including the potential introduction of a Directive aimed at improving gender balance on boards; (ii) steps aimed at better validating women's skills, efforts and responsibilities; (iii) undertaking investigations to uncover inequalities and ongoing stereotypes; and (iv) improved alerting and information channels, along with enhanced partnerships, to tackle the gender pay gap.

You can read the Commission's full action plan here.