17 Dec 2013

Not Making the Lists: The Underrepresentation of Women in EU Politics and Business

Vilde Renman

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The EU has recently been pushing for legislation to strengthen the gender balance on company boards in its member states and indeed, the principle of gender equality is enshrined in the European treaties. Yet, as Vilde Renman points out, women are clearly underrepresented in top positions within EU institutions themselves. The upcoming European Parliament elections are an opportunity for the EU to appoint more women at the highest levels of administration and legislature, thereby setting an example for companies, member states and citizens alike.

Vilde Renman is an intern in the Politics and Institutions Unit at CEPS, Brussels.

 This paper is the second in a series of Commentaries by EPIN (European Policy Institutes Network) examining the European Parliament elections from an EU perspective and considering the outlook for the elections in various member states.