The Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU and the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) organised a round-table discussion on two topics of high political relevance for economic growth and prosperity in the EU. The event will take place in Brussels, on 14 May 2019

Women on boards

Company boards in the EU are characterised by persistent gender imbalances. Member States have undertaken numerous measures to improve the situation, from binding legislation to self-regulatory initiatives. However, the divergence of national legislation has led to a fragmentation across the EU, which translates into inconsistent legal obligations and higher costs for companies. Ultimately, this hinders the proper functioning of the internal market. What needs to be done to move forward with the Women on Boards directive?

Gender budgeting

As the EU puts together its ‘budget for the future’ gender budgeting would ensure women and men are able to benefit equally. EIGE’s new research shows that less than 1% of the EU’s Structural and Investment Funds have been set aside for the promotion of gender equality. Proposals for the post-2020 budget display an even lower level of ambition. What could be done to close the gender gap?

Presentations made during the event enclosed and available for download in the Resources Tab