European Parliament follows call for greater gender equality by appointing men 

Three men have been appointed to top-tier banking and economic jobs by the European Parliament, right after a plan was announced to increase female nominations. 

Eliza Archer
Eliza Archer NewsMavens, Europe
European Parliament follows call for greater gender equality by appointing men  - NewsMavens
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Why this story matters:

A proposed resolution to assist in achieving gender equality in high-ranking EU positions was adopted by lawmakers in Strasbourg. The action could be viewed as a positive step towards equality, however the move was marred by the subsequent appointment of three men to top-level banking and economic jobs.

The irony did not go unnoticed by members of the European Parliament. German MEP Sven Giegold suggested the vote be postponed, as there were an insufficient number of female nominations for the positions. However, Italian MP Roberto Gualtieri disagreed and the vote proceeded.

Giegold highlighted the hypocrisy on whilst the parliament floor posing the question:

"How long shall European women wait for a European Parliament which ensures their equal opportunities, rather than waving down one appointment after the other?"

Details from the story:

  • Three top tier economy and bank positions have been awarded to men.
  • These included positions in the European Central Bank, Single resolution Board and European Banking Authority.
  • The European Parliament, following the approval of a resolution designed to achieve gender equality, approved these positions.
  • The “action plan” calls for more women in future nominations.
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