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Women in management: Juncker Commission exceeds its 40% target

Brussels, 22/10/2019 - 12:00, UNIQUE ID: 191023_1
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EU News 188/2019

The European Commission has exceeded the target set by President Jean-Claude Juncker in 2014 committing that, by the end of his mandate, 40% of the Commission's middle and senior managers should be women. According to the latest data, female managers at all levels currently stand at 41%, up from 30% at the beginning of the mandate. This is an increase of 37%. The figure is even higher at the level of the most numerous managers in the Commission, the middle managers or Heads of Unit. At present, 42% of them are women, up from 31% when the Juncker Commission took office. These achievements place the Commission amongst the public administrations around the world with the highest share of women in leadership positions.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said: “Equality in all its forms is a core value of the European Union. Since day one of the Juncker Commission, I pledged to reflect this inside this institution, including with a promise to increase female participation in our middle and senior management with a target of 40% by 1 November 2019. Today I feel proud that we have exceeded our target. I am proud of the work we have done to get here. But we must keep pushing forward. Equality means equality, and nothing less.”


The most impressive progress has been achieved at the very top of the organisation where female Directors-General now make up 38% of the total, up from 14% at the beginning of the mandate, an increase of 170%. At Deputy Director-General level, women currently hold 40% of the posts, up from 8% in November 2014. This is an increase of 400%.

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