Brussels to force private companies to have 50% men / 50% women boardrooms
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen vowed to deliver equality between men and women as part of her pitch for the bloc’s top jobs. The German hopes to revive plans first put forward by former justice commissioner Viviane Reding in 2012 under the leadership of then-Brussels chief Jose Manuel Barroso. Her equality chief, Helena Dalli, pledged to the gender battle at the “core of EU policy development” in the future.
She added: “We aim to ensure that women do not have to surmount additional hurdles to achieve what men have as a given and are instead able to reach their full potential.”According to the Commission’s data just one-third of members of national parliaments in the EU are women, and less than eight percent of board chairs and CEOs of the bloc’s top companies.Eurocrats want to introduce “binding measures” to help ensure firms in the future seek to boost the number of female employees in top jobs.
The new Brussels law could mean firms have to have a “minimum of 40 percent of non-executive members of the under-represented sex on company boards”.They also want to use new laws to eradicate the gender pay gap, according to the latest proposals.“Accumulated lifetime gender employment and pay gaps result in an even wider pension gap and consequently older women are more at risk of poverty than men,” the Brussels-based executive added.
The Commission has vowed to implement “binding measures on pay transparency” this year, insisting bridging the gender equality gap would boost the EU’s GDP per capita by 10 percent.Thirteen out of the bloc’s 27 member states have no pay transparency measures currently in place.More shockingly, six EU countries have not ratified the 2014 Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women.MUST READ: Brussels enforced thousands of EXTRA laws before Brexit was complete
They are Hungary, Bulgaria, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Latvia and Lithuania, home to the EU’s very own gender equality agency.Mrs von der Leyen said: “Gender equality is a core principle of the European Union, but it is not yet a reality.“In business, politics and society as a whole, we can only reach our full potential if we use all of our talent and diversity.DON'T MISSEU panic: German companies ‘poised to relocate to UK’ after Brexit [FORECAST]Greta Thunberg silences Brussels MEPs as she challenges them [INSIGHT]Carole Malone savages ‘EU cartel’ in furious rant on chlorinated food [VIDEO]
“Using only half of the population, half of the ideas or half of the energy is not good enough. With the Gender Equality Strategy, we are pushing for more and faster progress to promote equality between men and women.”Transparency commissioner Vera Jourova added: “Europe is a good address for women, despite all shortcomings. As our society is undergoing important transitions, be it green or digital, we must ensure that women and men have equal opportunities and that inequalities are not further exacerbated by change.“On the contrary, we have to create conditions for women to be agents for a fair transition at work and in private.”