Ahead of the hearings of the European Commissioners proposed by President-elect Ursula von der Leyen, CEEP recently circulated its questions on gender equality to MEPs, with a focus on the Women on Boards Directive. The questions were addressed to the hearings of Ms Helena Dalli, proposed for the ‘Equality’ portfolio, and building up on the proposal of President-elect Ursula von der Leyen to emphasis in particular the importance of working in cooperation with the Member States to unblock the Directive.

The discussion on the persistent inequality in this area, and the need to reinforce the women and men balance in leadership is backed up by EIGE’s unique data collection on women and men in decision-making, that has recently expanded beyond the EU and now covers the EU candidate countries and potential candidates: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey.

EIGE recent ‘Data Talks’ shows how close the EU candidate countries and potential candidates are to reaching gender-balance in decision-making. You can also see the situation in different areas and compare the performance with the EU average. EIGE’s data collection is available through its Gender Statistics Database. Data are updated quarterly for political decision-making at European and national level, biannually for largest listed companies and annually for most other topics.

Data collection from the EU candidate countries and potential candidates is part of EIGE’s project to support their efforts to monitor and foster gender equality in the region and is funded by the Directorate-General for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations of the European Commission under its Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) programme.

Should you wish to have more information on the EIGE initiative, click here to read the ‘Data Talks’, or follow #EIGEDatabase on #GenderStatistics on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn for more updates.


*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.

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