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Consultation on Gender imbalance in corporate boards in the EU


Policy field(s)

  • Gender equality
  • Justice

Target groups

The target group are Member States, business or industry organisations, individual companies, civil society organisations with an interest in gender and/or social issues, trade unions, equality bodies, and other organisations or individuals. 

Period of consultation

This public consultation closed on 28 May. Thank you for your contributions !

Objective of the consultation

As set out in its Work Programme for 2012 , the European Commission is considering a legislative initiative to improve the gender balance in the boards of companies listed on stock exchanges.

On the basis of the Progress Report "Women in economic decision-making in the EU" presented by Vice-President Viviane Reding on 5 March 2012, the Commission is launching a public consultation of stakeholders on possible measures in this context. 

This consultation will feed into an assessment of possible EU-level measures to enhance female participation in economic decision-making, which will inform the Commission's decision on whether to propose action and on the form it should take.

View the consultation document

Please refer to the following link. Choose your language by clicking on the icon following the link.

Questionnairemsw8(69 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

Reference documents and other related consultations

Progress report : "Women in economic decision-making in the EU"pdf(394 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

Database : European Commission database on women and men in decision-making  

Results of consultation and next steps

A summary of the main outcomes of the public consultation will be included among the documents accompanying a possible legislative initiative.

Data Protection Disclaimer

Incoming contributions will be published on the website. It is possible to request that submissions remain confidential. In this case, contributors should expressly state in their submission that they oppose publication.

For further information on privacy rulings for this public consultation see the following Specific Privacy Statementpdf(112 kB) Choose translations of the previous link .

Replies to the consultation

 Individual citizens listed by countries

Public authorities