German Family Minister Franziska Giffey of the Social Democrats (SPD) wants to expand the quota of women in the workplace to apply to supervisory and management boards. While coalition partners have criticised her plans, she remains determined not to give up on the potential of qualified women. EURACTIV Germany reports.
If EU countries stepped up their efforts to improve gender equality, more jobs would be created, GDP per capita would increase and society would benefit overall while weathering crisis more effectively.
Margrethe Vestager won the “European woman of power” award last night (1 December). She told EURACTIV.com in an interview that she supports gender quotas in the public institutions. She also said Günther Oettinger was the wrong Commissioner on the wrong plane.
Legislation is only part of the solution. We need a mix of legislative and non-legislative instruments to tackle persistent gender inequalities, especially in advancing women in high-level positions, but that has to start from the grassroots, says Michael O’Flaherty.
The European Commission had a ‘Strategy for Equality between Women and Men’ for the years 2010-2015, and a ‘roadmap’ for 2006-10. Yet the executive has no plan to turn these good deeds into concrete initiatives any time soon, writes Montserrat Mir.
In a move to bring more gender balance to EU institutions, the European Commissioner in charge of budget and human resources, Kristalina Georgieva, promised to boost the number of women in top positions to 40% by the end of her mandate.
EXCLUSIVE: EU legislation to ensure gender equality on company boards, to extend maternity leave, and to reduce air pollution and landfill should be killed off, a leading business lobby organisation has told the European Commission.
The European Parliament backed on Wednesday (20 November) the European Commission's proposal to increase the number of women in Europe's company boardrooms, which in 2013 stood at only 17.6% for non-executive boards.
The European Parliament backed the European Commission's proposal on Wednesday (20 November) to increase the number of women in Europe's company boardrooms, which in 2013 stood at only 17.6% for non-executive boards.
MEPs backed on Monday a proposal by the European Commission to address the gender imbalance in top management jobs in Europe.
The new legislation would require most listed EU companies to make sure that 40% of all non-executive board members are women.
Chancellor Angela Merkel could suffer an embarrassing defeat in the Bundestag on 18 April if members of her centre-right coalition break ranks and back an opposition bill requiring German companies to hire more women executives.
Three weeks after her initial plan to impose gender quotas on company boards met with strong opposition, EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding unveiled a new proposal. But this time it was criticised for being too weak.
EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding was in last-minute negotiations on Monday (22 October) to rescue her plan to boost gender diversity on corporate boards, officials said a day before she is to unveil proposals that face withering opposition within the European Commission and from some member states.
The European Parliament yesterday (13 March) backed the European Commission’s pledge to create binding rules to increase the number of women in top jobs, if member states have not voluntarily taken action to redress gender imbalance in the workplace.
To boost the number of women in high-level corporate positions, Germany must come up with mandatory law, following other European countries, like France, writes Margarete Hofmann, from the German Women Lawyers Association.
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