Hiring practice

The European Commission does not discriminate in its hiring practices, and provides a respectful and flexible working environment to its employees. Candidates are chosen irrespective of gender, race, colour, ethnic or social origin, genetic features, language, religion, convictions, political opinions or any other opinions, membership of a national minority, wealth, birth, age, disability or sexual orientation.

Working practice

The European Commission is moving towards its target of having at least 40% of women in its middle and senior management by the end of the current mandate.

Gender equality

The latest data as from November 2017

  • female managers at all levels have reached a total of 36% on 1 November 2017 (up from 30% at the beginning of the mandate)
  • at senior management level (Directors, Deputy Directors-General and Directors-General) the share of women has increased to 35% from 27% on 1 November 2014
  • at middle management level (Heads of Unit), 37% of managers are women, compared to 31% when the Juncker Commission took office

Contractors and funding recipients

The Commission does not discriminate in its selection of contractors and funding recipients, or in its treatment of complaints or feedback from citizens.



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