[European Parliament, Brussels, 23 October 2012] Women’s Rights Committee Chair Mikael Gustafsson (GUE/NGL, Sweden) has expressed his disappointment at news the European Commission will not publish proposals today to introduce mandatory quotas for women on the boards of big companies, as was widely anticipated.
"The Commission’s failure to propose quotas for women on company boards today is deeply disappointing. While the Commission holds these proposals back, the EU is being denied the chance of a democratic debate and vote. I hope that Commissioner Reding’s proposals will not be delayed for much longer or not put forward at all", he said.
"Gender equality is a matter of human rights. Women are half the population and should represent half the power. Today we have a men’s quota on all levels of society. It’s high time to lower it so it reflects reality. Equality in the board rooms would be one step on the road to gender equality", he added.
Profile of Mikael Gustafsson (GUE/NGL, Sweden)