14/11/2012 at 11:30
Where: Brussels, Belgium
Topic: Justice and citizens rights
Organiser: European Commission
The Commission will present a legal instrument aimed at increasing gender balance on company boards in the EU.
Across the EU, company boards are currently dominated by one gender: 86.5% of board members are men while women represent just 13.5% (8.9% of executive members and 15% of non-executive members). 97.5% of the chairpersons are men and only 2.5% are women.
Promoting more equality in decision-making is one of the goals in the Women's Charter (see IP/10/237), which was initiated by President José Manuel Barroso and Vice-President Reding in March 2010. The Commission then followed these commitments by adopting a Gender Equality Strategy in September 2010 for the next five years (see IP/10/1149 and MEMO/10/430), which includes exploring targeted initiatives to get more women into top jobs in economic decision-making.
11.30 Vice-President Viviane Reding will give a press conference in the Berlaymont press room in Brussels.
IP, MEMO and Factsheets will be available on the day.