Today, in a common press release all major political groups of the European Parliament reiterated their support for Commissioner Reding’s initiative to propose binding legislation introducing EU-wide quotas for the representation of women on executive boards, which is due to be discussed by the College of European Commissioners tomorrow, Tuesday 23 October:
PRESS RELEASE – Strasbourg, 22 October 2012
Boardroom quotas for women
EP throws weight behind EU quota, with cross-party support
A draft European Commission proposal aimed at introducing a binding EU quota for the representation of women on executive boards, which is anticipated to be presented tomorrow, received a major boost with cross-political endorsement from the EPP, S&D, ALDE, Greens/EFA and GUE/NGL groups.
Commenting ahead of the Commission College meeting, S&D president Hannes Swoboda, ALDE president Guy Verhofstadt, Greens/EFA co-presidents Dany Cohn-Bendit and Rebecca Harms, GUE/NGL president Gabi Zimmer, and EPP MEP and EP rapporteur/draftsperson on boardroom quotas Rodi Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou said: