A gender-equal European Commission in the making

Posted on 8. March 2017

by Matilda Flemming

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As we celebrate International Women’s Day, let’s take a second to reflect on the opportunities for change ahead of us. While the current European Commission will soon celebrate its mid-term, the gossip surrounding the makeup of the next College of Commissioners is already picking up speed.

As the speculations and wheeling and dealing for creating the next Commission continues, here’s a shout-out to the power parties of Europe - and in particular to the ones that talk big about gender equality: make an official commitment that in 2019 at least 50% of the commissioners will be women, and that anything below that number is unacceptable!

‘Enlargement fatigue’ and the multiple challenges of maintaining momentum during the accession process

Posted on 08. January 2015 by Marsida Bandilli Initially envisaged as a Member State-driven procedure, enlargement has become a comprehensive policy whereby the Union actively engages with the applicants’ preparation for membership. Despite that, it has become clear that with the arrival of the new President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, enlargement is not the … Continue reading ‘Enlargement fatigue’ and the multiple challenges of maintaining momentum during the accession process

Learning from the past – or how to make sure there will be no shortage of female candidates when the 2019 Commission is formed

Posted on 30. October 2014 by Matilda Flemming and Sandra Grindgärds Most of the upheaval surrounding the appointment of the European Commission has passed by now – including the discussion regarding the need for some kind of gender balance in the commission. 10 of the 28 commissioners-designate are women, thus the call of the departing female commissioners has been … Continue reading Learning from the past – or how to make sure there will be no shortage of female candidates when the 2019 Commission is formed

Young generation’s workplan for the EU Commission 2014-2019

24. October 2014

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What are the topics the new EU Commission needs to tackle foremost in the eyes of young Europeans? FutureLab Europe participants defined their priorities with regard to the political guidelines for the 2014-2019 EU Commission that its president Jean-Claude Juncker presented.

The workplan drafted by FutureLab Europe participants contains the young generation’s recommendations to the European Commission on the basis of the four umbrella topics listed in the Strategic Agenda for the Union in Times of Change. FutureLab Europe’s final propositions range from calling for a reconfiguration of the Youth Guarantee scheme to support long term youth employment, to asking for the development of a unified EU migration policy.

REFIT: Easy implementation – and weak regulation?

Posted on 19. December 2013 by Enja Sæthren The European Commission has often been target to criticism regarding its regulations being too complicated, const intensive, thick. In response to the demand of economic stakeholders as well as its own finding, the European Commission has set up a road map to “respond to the economic imperative”. In … Continue reading REFIT: Easy implementation – and weak regulation?