By Zita Gurmai - 24th January 2013
Zita Gurmai believes the proposal needs further improvements.
I would like to thank commissioner Viviane Reding who has managed to finally introduce legislation at European level. This is a very positive first step for women’s rights, putting the equal representation of women and men in decision-making on top of the EU agenda.
PES Women has long been calling for binding legislation as a necessary tool to advance women's representation in economic decision-making as we know from experience that self regulation fails especially when it comes to gender equality. However, I believe that the proposed directive needs much further improvement. As an MEP, I together with my colleagues will now do my best to ensure that major amendments are included in the text. I believe in the need for common sanctions at EU level to make sure that this directive promotes the participation of women to an equal degree in each member state. In addition, executive boards should fall within the scope of the directive.
I do not think that quotas are a magic tool, which will alone solve the problem of gender imbalance. But I am convinced that using quotas in addition to other measures and incentives will help to change the mentalities and create women-friendly workplaces that contribute towards long-term positive effects of investing in social progress.
Zita Gurmai is a vice-chair of parliament's constitutional affairs committee