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    European Commission wants 40% of women in top functions

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    Women represent 55% of staff numbers at the Commission, but only occupy 34% of its management roles..
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    The European Commission will take additional steps to ensure that 40% of its senior positions are occupied by women at the end of the next two years. This is one of the cornerstones of the recent staff policy ratified on Wednesday by the European Executive.

    Women represent 55% of staff numbers at the Commission, but they only occupy 34% of all its managerial posts. The Commission wishes to increase this proportion to 40% by November 2019. Progress has already been made, in particular due to targeted coaching. However, the President of the European Executive, Jean-Claude Juncker, says that the Commission could do even more. For this reason, there will be other individual objectives tailored to each department.

    The Commission has also approved a diversity strategy. Disabled workers will be involved more closely in planning access ramps to buildings. Particular attention will be paid to ensuring that older workers are not discriminated against when internal applications are made. Lastly, awareness-raising activities will be organised to remove potential prejudices against the LGBTI community.

    Lars Andersen
    The Brussels Times