Get women on board

Will the EU do what it takes?


Chaired by Raül Romeva, MEP and Ulrike Lunacek, MEP

by Rebecca Harms, President Greens/EFA Group 15:10
by Marije Cornelissen, MEP and rapporteur for the opinion in EMPL  Committee on gender balance in company boards listed on stock exchanges

First hand experience

Experiences from Norway, the first country to take real action
Mr. Petter Sørlien, Equality & Non-Discrimination Councellor at Norwegian Embassy 15:35
What can and should companies do for more women on boards?
Carola Eck-Philipp, consultant and project manager European Women Management Development Network EWMD         

Legislative action at EU level

How can we best take account of workers interests?
Claudia Menne, European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) 16:05
The scope of the EC proposal
Prof. Dr. Linda Senden, Institute of International, Social and Economic Public Law, Utrecht University, author of the legal opinion on women in company boards 16:20
Non discrimination and positive action - quotas as an instrument
Professor David Sugarman, Director, Centre for Law and Society, Lancaster University. 16:35
How can we give the EC proposal the best chance of success?
Rosalinde van der Vlies, EU Commission, DG Justice, Equal Treatment Legislation 16:50
Discussion - question & answers
  • What, if anything, should be amended to improve the EC proposal
  • How can we give the EC proposal the best chance of success in the European Parliament ánd the Council?
Concluding remarks

by Ulrike Lunacek, MEP