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EU Agencies joint declaration on sexual harassment

On 8 March 2018 – International Women’s Day, Udo Helmbrecht, Executive Director of the EU Cybersecurity Agency ENISA, has joined the other Heads of EU Agencies and Joint Undertakings in their ‘Joint declaration on harassment’.

Published on March 08, 2018

“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:

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)

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)

Michael O'Flaherty                        Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA)

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)

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”



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