The European Commission is closer than ever to reaching the target set by President Jean-Claude Juncker at the start of his mandate to have at least 40% of middle and senior management positions occupied by women in the European Commission by the end of the current mandate.
As of 1 February, the figure stands at 39.6%, up from 30% in November 2014. The most significant progress has been achieved at the level of Deputy Directors-General, where the figure is even higher than the 40% target: women currently make up for 43% of all Deputy Directors-General, up from 8% in November 2014. The 40% target has also been reached where the Commission has the highest number of managers – Heads of Units: women currently make up for 40.6% of all positions, compared to 31% when the Juncker Commission took office. Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger, in charge of human resources and budget, said: “Not only is it the mark of a fair and just system, gender-diverse management is a common feature of all successful organisations across the world. The Commission’s progress towards at least 40% of women in management is proof that we are leading by example. In many management posts we have already gone above and beyond the target we set, and we will soon achieve this across the board.” More information about the measures to improve gender balance which the Commission has put in place since the beginning of its mandate is available here.