EPP Women Colloque in Prague

08 April 2016 - 12 April 2016
Prague, Czech Republic

Topic: "Women on Boards" for updated program please click here.


The European Parliament has done its work on a draft EU directive to ensure that by 2020 at least 40% of non-executive directors on listed company boards are women. Parliament approved the draft back in November 2013, but two years on it is still blocked in the Council. 

According to our EPP Women Vice President MEP Mariya Gabriel (GERB Bulgaria), the legal basis chosen - a directive - and the resolution voted by the European Parliament, already give flexibility to member states. Ultimately, the only thing we expect, and have been expecting for two years now, it is a commitment by member states and consistent action to achieve genuine results, thanks to the only ongoing legislative file on gender equality. Between the publication of the proposal for a directive in November 2012 and today, the share of women among board members has grown from 15.8% to over 20%. These are facts, which show that legislative pressure works.

Interesting links:

Women's rights: MEPs urge Commission to table a new gender equality strategy

"Ideologically Motivated Stances of European Leftists Will Not Help Women", Says Czech MEP Michaela Šojdrová (KDU-ČSL) : original Czech version and translated English version.

Other interesting links: http://eige.europa.eu/






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