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EU proposes gender balance quotas for listed company boards

On 14 November 2012, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a directive that aims to substantially increase the number of women on EU corporate boards. In the Commission’s view, non-binding efforts to enhance female board representation have proven ineffective. The proposed measures are intended to be of a transitory nature (i.e., until sustainable progress has been reached in the gender composition of boards). Accordingly, the Proposed Directive would expire on 21 December 2028.

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