BRUSSELS - The European Commission proposed a two-year plan on Monday for closing the gender pay gap after finding little improvement in the past five years.
The plan sets out eight recommendations for EU countries to ensure women are treated equally in the workplace. The proposal includes setting minimum sanctions for companies that do not provide equal pay and monitoring the diversity policies of Europe's largest companies.
The Commission intends the measures to be in place by the end of 2019, when the current Commission's term ends.
"We do not see big progress over the last 10 years," Vera Jourova, the Commission's gender equality chief, told a news conference. "We are not reducing significantly this gap in spite of many efforts."