German government expected to end opposition to women on EU company boards

Only 21.2% of company boards members are women - time for change say S&Ds, Evelyn Regner, women's rights and gender equality Marie Arena MEP, Maternity Leave Directive,

The Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament today welcomed the decision by the German governing coalition to introduce a 30% mandatory quota for women on the boards of the biggest listed companies from 2016.

S&D MEP Evelyn Regner commented:
 
"This is a significant step forward which could bring about a groundbreaking change – for all EU women
 
"We now expect the German government to keep up the momentum and break down the minority in the Council which is still blocking a similar piece of EU legislation adopted by the European Parliament in November 2013."  

S&D Group spokesperson on women's and gender equality issues, Marie Arena MEP added:
 
"I am pleased with the decision taken by Germany. It has finally joined the group of EU countries – as France and Belgium already did – which are promoting greater numbers of women in the decision making of EU companies."