08 MAR 2011
By Martha Moss | The Parliament
The EU has indicated it could press for legally binding quotas to increase the number of women on company boards.
In a joint article for the Parliament Magazine, commission vice-president for justice Viviane Reding and parliament president Jerzy Buzek said quotas could help "shatter the glass ceiling" for women.
Writing ahead of international women's day on 8 March, they highlight figures showing that only one in 10 board members in the EU, and only three per cent of chief executives, are female.
Reding and Buzek point to the almost 20 per cent increase in the number of women on supervisory boards in Norway after quotas were put in place.
"Quotas are controversial for some. But you cannot quibble with the results in the countries that have introduced them," they say.
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