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New women on boards figures show continued progress


The European Commission has released new figures today that show that the average share of women on the boards of the largest publicly listed companies across the EU has now reached 20.2% (October 2014). This represents an increase of more than 8 percentage points since October 2010, when the European Commission first put the issue of women on boards high on the political agenda.

Following a strong backing by the European Parliament in November 2013 (IP/13/1118), the Commission's draft Directive aiming for a share of 40% of female non-executive members on the boards of listed companies is currently under discussion among the EU's Justice Ministers.