Sergio Berlato (PPE
), in writing.
Women are still under-represented in political decision-making assemblies across the European Member States. Women account for 24% of the members in national parliaments, while in the European regions, the gender balance in regional assemblies has hardly changed since 2004. I would like to take this opportunity to urge the Commission to look into the fact that these percentages appear to be static and that no improvements are being seen. This phenomenon could be explained by the traditional barriers that women face, such as the lack of financial resources, stereotypes, and difficulties in managing family and political life. I therefore support one of the measures put forward by the rapporteur, which involves designing and implementing effective strategies at EU and national level for increasing women’s engagement and participation in decision making and leadership, through quantified targets, regular monitoring mechanisms and clear action plans. I also think that active and tangible measures should be promoted in order to ensure gender balance in all governing bodies and public appointments. In my opinion, in order to enhance women’s political participation, there is a need to address structural barriers that prevent women from participating actively in politics.