Friday 18 April 2014
Advertise  |  Subscribe  |  Register  | 

Close

About cookies: we use cookies to support features like login and sharing articles. Keep cookies enabled to enjoy the full site experience. By browsing our site with cookies enabled, you are agreeing to their use. Review our cookies information for more details.

Gender quota plan relaunched

By Ian Wishart  -  15.11.2012 / 05:45 CET
Reding makes another attempt to raise the number of women on boards.

Viviane Reding, the European commissioner for justice, fundamental rights and citizenship, yesterday (14 November) made a formal legislative proposal to increase the proportion of women on listed company boards.

After weeks of wrangling within the Commission and a failed attempt to launch the proposal last month (23 October), Reding scaled back the scope of her plan to win the support of other commissioners.

The target for companies to have 40% of their boards made up of women by 2020 will be merely an “objective”, and member states will be entitled to retain much of their own rules.

According to the proposal, countries that already have an “effective” system for promoting gender equality would be able to keep it “provided it is equally efficient as the proposed system”.

Member states would have to lay down “appropriate” sanctions for companies in breach of the rules.

Companies would be required to make appointments to their boards “by applying clear, gender-neutral and unambiguous criteria”, the proposal says.

Selection procedure

Reding said: “The Commission's proposal will make sure that in the selection procedure for non-executive board members priority is given to female candidates – provided they are under-represented and equally qualified as their male counterparts.”

In further proof that not all commissioners had seen eye-to-eye on the issue, Neelie Kroes, the European commissioner for the digital agenda, wrote a blog post saying that Reding “has accepted a solution” that addressed previous concerns about legally binding quotas.

© 2014 European Voice. All rights reserved.
Varrow

Most viewed in Health & society

Trade unions protest against austerity measures

Unions call for new plan to boost growth and jobs.

ETUC demo

Renzi appoints women to head state-owned companies

Italian prime minister announced industry shake-up.

MRenzi

Commission to give verdict on national Roma strategies You need an active subscription to read this article

‘European Roma Summit' to assess policies and funding for social inclusion.

Roma_women(R)

Related articles

Italian prime minister announced industry shake-up.

Unions call for new plan to boost growth and jobs.

‘European Roma Summit' to assess policies and funding for social inclusion.

When it comes to typographic errors, Entre Nous hesitates to derive any pleasure from the misfortunes of others.

Commission's plans on the rule of law should be welcomed.

Advertisement

Comments

 

Your comment
Please note: The fields followed by an asterisk (*) are obligatory fields

Comment*

Name*
E-mail*
Website

Please, copy the code on the left into the box on the right

 I accept the Terms & conditions
 I would like to share my e-mail & website

Advertisement

Cookies info | Privacy policy | Terms & conditions