The EU is a driving force when it comes to improving equality between women and men. And there have been many good results in the EU and the Member States - for example women’s labour market participation. The rising share of women in employment and education is, however, not reflected in the proportion of women on executive and supervisory boards, where women are still a minority. If the EU2020 Strategy objective of inclusive growth is to be achieved, it is necessary to look at how to promote women in decision making at the highest level.
In order to promote this issue, Denmark is planning to facilitate a debate at the EPSCO Council in February 2012.
On 8 March 2012 the European Commission will publish its State of the Union report in relation to women on boards in Europe. The report will, among other things, be supported by the discussions in the EPSCO Council meeting in February. Efforts to promote women in decision making at the highest level will thus be strengthened during the Danish Presidency.