EU agencies are an important part of the European Union that work on a variety of matters affecting the daily lives of both women and men.

Each agency is governed by a management board, responsible for ensuring that the agency fulfils its mandate. Board members are usually representatives of the Member States, European Commission and European Parliament, or other agencies.

Despite the EU’s commitment to gender equality in decision-making, the management boards of EU agencies are seriously lacking in gender balance. Only one in three boards are chaired by a woman, and when it comes to members, the ratio of women to men is even lower.