21-09-2020 14:00
Joint JURI-FEMM hearing “Women on Boards” - 21.09.2020

Room József Antall (4Q1) & with remote participation
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On 21 September 2020, JURI and FEMM organized a joint hearing on the 'Women on Boards' proposal (2012/0299 (COD)). In November 2012, the Commission published a proposal for a directive on improving the gender balance among non-executive directors of companies listed on stock exchanges, commonly known as the ‘Women on Boards’ proposal. Parliament adopted its first reading position back in November 2013. However, the proposal is still awaiting Council’s first-reading position.

Juliane Seifert, Permanent State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, made an introductory statement on behalf of the German Presidency, followed by Helena Dalli, European Commissioner for Equality.

The following experts contributed with perspectives from the academic, business and entrepreneurship fields: Linda Senden, Professor of European Law at the Utrecht University, Bríd Horan, Co-chair of "Balance for Better Business", Paivi Jokinen, Chairwoman of "European Women on Boards" and Elke Benning-Rohnke, Vice-president of "Frauen in die Aufsichtsräte (FidAR)".
The presentations were followed by a debate with MEPs from the JURI and FEMM Committees.