EU agencies take a stand against harassment

08 March 2018
News Article
Press Release/News

Together, we the Heads of EU agencies and Joint undertakings commit to zero tolerance towards sexual harassment and we cannot and will not accept harassment of any form in our agencies. We take it upon ourselves to communicate to our staff that harassment in the workplace is never acceptable. We have committed ourselves in accordance with existing laws and particularly the staff regulation, to promote diversity at work and provide our staff with a trusted place in which to work.

Equality is one of the fundamental values on which the European Union is built. Gender-based violence, including sexual harassment, is one of the most extreme manifestations of inequality and discrimination.

Sexual violence and harassment contradict the principle of gender equality and equal treatment. They constitute gender-based discrimination in employment. Cases of sexual harassment and bullying, while significantly underreported, are a matter of health, safety and well-being in the workplace and need to be responded to effectively and in accordance with existing laws.

Heads of EU agencies/Joint Undertakings:

Philippe Mengal Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU)
Tiit Jürimäe Clean Sky Joint Undertaking (CLEANSKY)
Martin Ekvad    Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO)
Bert De Colvenaer     ECSEL JU
Pascal Legai    EU Satellite Centre (SATCEN)
Christa Sedlatschek    European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA)
Krum Garkov  European Agency for the operational management of large-scale IT systems in the area of freedom, security and justice (eu-LISA)
Jose Carreira      European Asylum Support Office (EASO)
Patrick Ky European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)
Adam Farkas     European Banking Authority (EBA)
Fabrice Leggeri European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex)
Andrea Ammon    European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)
Joachim James Calleja   European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop)
Hans Bruyninckx     European Environment Agency (EEA)
Pascal Savouret European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA)
Bernhard Url   European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
Juan Menéndez-Valdés European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound)
Carlo des Dorides European GNSS Agency (GSA)
Virginija Langbakk    European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE)
Martin Kern  European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT)
Fausto Parente European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority  (EIOPA)
Markku Mylly European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA)
Guido Rasi  European Medicines Agency (EMA)
Alexis Goosdeel European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA)
Verena Ross  European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA)
Cesare Onestini European Training Foundation (ETF)
Michael O'Flaherty European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)
Rob Wainwright    European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol)
Detlef Schröder   European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL)
Udo Helmbrecht   European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA)
Josef Doppelbauer  European Union Agency for Railways (ERA)
Antonio Campinos        European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO)
Nick Panagiotopoulos  European Union's Judicial Cooperation Unit (Eurojust)
Bart Biebuyck Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH)
Johannes Schwemmer Fusion for Energy (F4E)
Pierre Meulien   Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI)
Laszlo Igneczi     Office of the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC Office)
Florian Guillermet    SESAR Joint Undertaking
Carlo Borghini     Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking (S2R)
Elke König Single Resolution Board (SRB)
Máire Killoran  Translation Centre for the Bodies of the European Union (Cdt)

The European Union established decentralised agencies to carry out specific legal, operational, technical or scientific tasks within the EU. These agencies are autonomous EU bodies and add value by helping to implement policies, enhance dialogue and share information and expertise on a range of topics. EU agencies also provide practical support to Member States and the EU institutions. More information about the EU agencies’ network can be found at https://euagencies.eu 

Zero tolerance towards sexual harassment