Equal Opportunities

ECB board vote

EPP shows flagrant disregard for democratic process

The European People's Party has called on EU governments to ignore today's vote by the European Parliament to reject the sole candidate, Yves Mersch, for the vacancy on the executive board of the European Central Bank. The rejection was supported due to the failure to consider any female candidates ...


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Boardroom quotas for women

Further delay on tackling major outstanding barrier to gender equality regrettable

The European Commission today postponed a highly anticipated proposal aimed at introducing a binding EU quota for a 40% representation of women on executive boards. The Greens expressed regret at this latest delay, with Green equality spokesperson Marije Cornelissen said:"It is deeply regrettab...


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Boardroom quotas for women

EP throws weight behind EU quota, with cross-party support

A draft European Commission proposal aimed at introducing a binding EU quota for the representation of women on executive boards, which is anticipated to be presented tomorrow, received a major boost with cross-political endorsement from the EPP, S&D, ALDE, Greens/EFA and GUE/NGL groups.  C...


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ECB executive board

MEPs vote against candidate in move to address exclusion of women from Euro decision-making

The European Parliament's economic and monetary affairs committee this evening voted to oppose a new nominee to the executive board of the European Central Bank, citing criticisms about the failure to consider any female candidates for the vacancy. The European Parliament as a whole will now vote ...


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Strasbourg Flash

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 22 - 25 October 2012

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary include the EU budget 2013, the future financing 2014-2020, the rules on data retention, the issue of the single seat of the European Parliament, the EU economic governance, the decision on the Sakharov Prize winner...


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Brussels agenda

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 15-19 October 2012

Greens/EFA priorities for the week include the Commission proposal on biofuels and indirect land use change, the EU Summit on the EU economic and banking union. Greens/EFA will also hold their study days in Ostend during the weekl


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Boardroom quotas for women

Commission urged not give in to bullying tactics and present legislative proposals

In an open letter to Commission president Barroso and vice-president Reding today (1), the Greens urged the Commission to publish planned legislation introducing boardroom quotas for women as soon as possible. The Greens criticised the initiative by a group of EU member state governments seeking to ...


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Right to strike

Greens welcome Commission's withdrawal of flawed 'Monti II' legislative proposal

The European Commission today announced it would be withdrawing a draft legislative proposal on the relationship of economic freedoms and the right to collective actions - the so-called Monti II proposal - following a challenge by national parliaments in the EU (1). The Greens welcomed the 'yel...


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ECB executive board

EP takes steps to address exclusion of women from ECB board

The European Parliament's economic and monetary affairs committee has halted the appointment process for a new nominee to the executive board of the European Central Bank, after cross-party criticisms about the failure to consider any female candidates for the vacancy. Coordinators of the committee ...


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Brussels agenda

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 25-29 June 2012

Greens/EFA priorities for the week include rendition and illegal detention by CIA in EU countries, European patent, new energy saving rules, tackling climate-damaging car emissions, rights management in the digital age and implementing the European Citizens' Initiative


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