The persistent gender imbalance among key decision-makers in large corporations and financial institutions remains a cause for concern.

EU institutions recently agreed on a directive aimed at increasing the number of women on corporate boards by requiring Member States to ensure that companies listed on stock exchanges have at least 40 % of the under-­represented gender among non-executive directors or 33 % among all directors.

The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) monitors the situation biannually for the largest listed companies in the Member States and annually for central banks and EU financial institutions.