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EC launches public consultation on Gender imbalance in corporate boards in the EU

March 20th 2012

From 5 March to 28 May 2012 the European Commission is holding a Public Consultation on Gender imbalance in corporate boards in the EU.

In accordance with its 2012 Work Programme, the European Commission (EC) is considering a legislative initiative aimed at improving the gender balance in the boards of companies listed on stock exchanges.

The EC is therefore launching a public consultation of stakeholders on possible measures to address this issue in the context set out by Vice-President Viviane Reding on 5 March 2012 in the Progress Report Women in economic decision-making in the EU.

The consultation is addressed to:

- Member States;

- Business or industry organisations;

- Individual companies;

- Civil society organisations with an interest in gender and/or social issues;

- Trade unions;

- National equality bodies;

- Other organisations or individuals.

This consultation will provide valuable input for assessing possible EU-level measures for enhancing female participation in economic decision-making, and in turn informing the Commission’s decision on whether to propose action and on the form it should take.

Contributions to this public consultations should be submitted at the latest by 28 May 2012.

To access the consultation document and to read more about where to send the contributions, please click here.