The social affairs and employment ministers of the EU Member States (EPSCO Council) adopted in July conclusions on the review of implementation by the EU Member States of the Beijing Platform for Action with regard to women and decision-making. The implementation report drafted by the Slovenian Presidency draws attention to the persistant under-representation of women in decision-making positions across Europe. It also points out, that policies to promote the balanced participation of women in decision-making are needed if countries wish to redress these imbalances.
In the conclusions the Council urges governments and political parties to implement measures to increase women’s participation in decision-making, and mention addressing women’s positioning on party lists as one possible measure. The Council specifically calls for action regarding the European Parliament elections of 2009, the nomination of the new European Commission, and nominations for the high level positions in the EU institutions.
You can find the reports and the conclusions here.
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