Marina Yannakoudakis, a Conservative MEP, has raised objections to the European Court of Justice's (ECJ) ruling banning insurers from using gender to rate risks.
Ms Yannakoudakis, who is the Conservative spokeswoman on women’s rights, said that a report drafted by the European Parliament’s Women’s Rights Committee in response to the ruling did not go far enough in questioning the decision, which could lead to women’s car insurance premiums increasing by 15%.
She also said the report focused on how to deal with the social consequences of the ruling but failed to make any “rational recommendations”.
Ms Yannakoudakis commented: “Women statistically represent a lower risk than men. As the price of premiums is calculated on the basis of risk, insurers should be allowed to take this into account.
“We need a common-sense interpretation of EU rules on equality or we need to revise them.”
She added: “I shall be submitting amendments to the report to ensure that women don’t pay the price for equality with higher insurance premiums.”
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