Member States Line Up to Oppose 40% Women on European Boards

According to a statement released by the European Women’s Lobby, at least ten European member states are now lining up to oppose Commissioner of Justice Viviane Reding’s draft directive supporting 40% of women on the boards of Europe’s publicly-traded companies.  From the statement:

Given previous legal commitments, the continuous political expressions of commitment to democracy, justice and equality between women and men of all EU countries, and the more-than-reasonable nature of the proposed legislation, it is shocking that a number of Member States are taking position against Ms. Reding’s initiative, namely Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungary, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Sweden, Slovenia and the UK.

Inter-service consultation on the draft directive ends 21 October 2012, so we urget you to please contact your Members of European Parliament and sign our petition now to express your support for having a minimum representation of women on the boards of Europe!