Mujeres en los Consejos: la reacción de la Comisión


En el debate sobre la presencia femenina en los Consejos, la atención se concentra en las medidas que pueda adoptar la Comisión Europea ante lo que considera un fracaso de la iniciativa de las empresas europeas a la hora de satisfacer voluntariamente un mayor nivel de presencia de mujeres en sus consejos de administración. Por ello me parece interesante recoger la posiciónexpresada hace pocos días, en una comparecencia pública, por la Vicepresidenta Viviane Reding.

Parece que, a pesar de la resistencia de no pocos Estados miembros a que se proceda a poner en marcha una iniciativa legislativa europea, la Vicepresidenta Reding y la Comisión mantienen su plan normativo, como resume el párrafo final de su intervención:
“At the moment, we discuss internally in the Commission to finalise our proposal for improving gender balance on company boards. I am not alone in this battle: all the European Commissioners with a relevant economic portfolio have joined me in this battle: Antonio Tajani (Commissioner for Industry and Enterpreneuship), Olli Rehn (Economic and Monetary Affairs and the EuroAffairs), Michel Barnier (Internal Market and Services) and Lazslo Andor (Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion) will present this proposal with me. I am confident you will see the final result in the months to come. For those who say that an EU instrument would mean discrimination of better qualified men I say: do not fear. I can assure you that our proposal will observe the highest fundamental rights standards as set out in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. Qualification and merit will remain key criteria for a job on the board. If no equally qualified candidate from the underrepresented sex is available, a sort of ‘flexibility clause’ will solve the problem. All we are asking for is this: Women must be given the same opportunities as men to get their rightful place on boards. In times of economic difficulties, we cannot waste talent”.
Madrid, 10 de octubre de 2012