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Parliamentary questions
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11 June 2019
E-001424/2019(ASW)
Answer given by Ms Jourová on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-001424/2019

The promotion of gender equality in decision-making is one of the priorities in the Commission's Strategic Engagement for Gender Equality (2016-2019)(1) and several actions are undertaken to achieve that goal.

In the area of corporate management, the Commission continues to give priority to the negotiations aiming for the adoption of the draft Directive proposed in 2012(2). The importance of legislative measures is clear: from 2010 to 2018 the share of women on boards increased in the Member States by 14 percentage points(3)most of the significant improvements occurring in Member States that have taken legislative action on the issue. However, in other Member States where there have been no or very little efforts, the situation is stagnating or even deteriorating. This is why this EU instrument is clearly necessary to achieve progress across the EU. The draft Directive has received strong cross-party support of the European Parliament and the majority of Member States.

The Commission proposal for a directive on Work-Life Balance for parents and carers(4) — on which a compromise has been reached by the co-legislators — should also have a positive impact on how women reconcile their personal and professional responsibilities and therefore on their career progression.

Furthermore, the Commission uses other tools available, such as the Diversity Charters(5), to promote gender balance in decision-making positions and support the Member States and stakeholders through awareness-raising, political dialogue, exchange of good practices.

The Commission also provides financial support to a number of projects run by Member States’ administrations and relevant stakeholders to increase gender balance in company management.

(1)https://ec.europa.eu/info/policies/justice-and-fundamental-rights/gender-equality/gender-equality-strategy_en
(2)https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX:52012PC0614
(3)https://eige.europa.eu/gender-statistics/dgs/indicator/pa_econfin__wmid_comp_compbm/bar
(4)https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=COM:2017:253:FIN
(5)https://ec.europa.eu/info/policies/justice-and-fundamental-rights/combatting-discrimination/tackling-discrimination/diversity-management_en

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