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Parliamentary questions
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13 May 2020
Question for written answer
to the Council
Rule 138
Robert Biedroń (S&D)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Gender equality within the EU institutions

Tackling gender inequality is one of the EU’s main priorities. There is no doubt that the European institutions should be leading by example in this regard.

In its recently published Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2025, the Commission committed to achieving gender balance of 50 % at all levels of its management by 2024, a larger share of female managers in EU agencies and gender-balanced representation among panellists in the conferences it organises.

Nearly 40 % of Members of the European Parliament are women, which is higher than the European average. However, the situation is still not balanced among Parliament’s employees, as women remain under-represented in leadership positions. This is why some special steps are being implemented to achieve, for example, full gender equality across Parliament’s Directorates-General.

1. What measures have been applied internally within the Council to foster gender equality?

2. What is the ratio of women to men in leadership positions?

3. Will you ensure gender-balanced representation in the conferences that the Council organises?

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