On International Women's Day, latest figures show the progress made by the European Commisison towards the target of 40% women in its management ranks. In particular, since the start of the Juncker Commission in November 2014 the share of women has increased from 13% to 24% at the most senior levels of Directors-General and Deputy Directors-General.
Kristalina Georgieva, Vice-President of the Commission responsible for budget and human resources, said: "The European Commission speaks out for women’s rights in Europe and around the world, but we have to get our own house in order. Achieving the target of 40% women in management is a top priority for me. The figures released today show we are on the right track and further appointments will follow."
There are now eight women at the most senior management level (Director-General or 'DG'), from six women at the start of this Commission's mandate. At the Deputy Director-General ('DDG') level the number of women has quadrupled from 3 to 12.
Vice-President Georgieva added: "We need the best talent in the right jobs at the European Commission – these women strengthen our leadership team and set an example for others in the organisation to follow. We are encouraging women to apply for top jobs and creating a more flexible and attractive working environment for women and men. Gender equality and diversity in general is good for the performance of all organisations, and we are no exception."
Making progress: increase in women in DG and DDG roles (% of total)
The figures come after a number of recent appointments of women to senior management positions. Just last week the Commission appointed five women to top roles (http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-16-448_en.htm). Overall, women now make up nearly 30% of all senior management (which also includes directors) and 33% of middle management in the Commission.
Vice-President Georgieva is currently preparing a new diversity and inclusion strategy for the European Commission, where gender will be a priority issue.
The target of 40% of female management was set as a priority for Vice-President Georgieva in her mission letter from President Juncker at the start of the Commission mandate. The letter asks the Vice-President to pay particular attention to gender equality in the recruitment process and throughout the career path. On 15 July 2015 the Commission adopted a binding target to ensure 40% of its senior and middle management were women by 2019.
Find more information on the senior management team of the Commission here: http://ec.europa.eu/civil_service/about/who/dg_en.htm