4. On 8 March 2005 the European Commission published
a Proposal for a Regulation to establish a European Institute
for Gender Equality.
This was sifted to Sub-Committee G for scrutiny on 5 April 2005
but could not be considered until Parliamentary business resumed
after the General Election.
5. We gave our initial reactions to the Department
of Trade and Industry on 14 June 2005.
After considering letters from the Minister,
we decided to invite her to give oral evidence to improve our
understanding of the Government's position on the Proposal. We
wrote accordingly to the Minister.
We also decided to invite the Equal Opportunities Commission to
give views on the merits of the Proposal.
6. After the Summer Recess, we considered the
views of the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC)
and a further letter from the Minister,
to which we duly replied.
7. We took oral evidence from the EOC on 17 November
2005 and from the
Government on 24 November 2005.
8. We also took account of further correspondence
with the Minister
and supplementary written evidence from the EOC dated 1 December
9. Having reviewed the evidence, we decided that
the Proposal was very closely related to a parallel proposal by
the Commission to set up a European Fundamental Rights Agency,
on which Sub-Committee E (Law and Institutions) has decided to
carry out an Inquiry. We therefore decided to close our Inquiry
and to produce this Report and await the result of that Inquiry.
10. We make this Report for the information of