A gender-equal European Commission in the making

Posted on 8. March 2017

by Matilda Flemming

EPC

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!

FutureLab Europe members interviewed by Malta’s multimedia project Beehive Malta 2017

As part of the Maltese presidency of the Council of the European Union, four Maltese journalists were sent to Brussels to capture different Europeans’ views and ideas on Europe. FutureLabbers Marsida Bandilli, Matilda Flemming, Doris Manu and Simona Pronckute offered their take on the EU’s achievements, its challenges and its future, touching upon female leadership, democratic rights, peace and development.

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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

HeForShe in the EU’s new leadership

15. October 2014 by Doris Manu The hearing of Federica Mogherini in the European Parliament has just finished. For three hours, the MEPs have listened to a strong, confident, competent and determined young woman. Yet before this hearing the designated High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Commission Vice-President (HRVP) was underestimated by … Continue reading HeForShe in the EU’s new leadership