"Equal opportunities for men and women are in the first place a matter of fairness. It is unacceptable that someone's chances in life depend on his or her gender. But there is also a pragmatic argument: if we do not give equal opportunities to women, we spoil half of the available talents. Our society can simply not afford that."
"It is very important in Europe nowadays that women be treated without any prejudice and discrimination and have, as well as men, equal opportunities in all areas of public and private sector."