Sunday 22 April 2018

Brendan Keenan: EU states need to clarify Brussels' role

Commission plans to set quotas for women on company boards raises issues about member states' powers

YOU may think it's a good idea to have more women on the boards of public companies. Then again, you may not.

If you do think there ought to be more female directors, you may think it is a good idea to set a binding quota to get the numbers up. Then, again, you may not.

If you are in favour of quotas, you will presumably approve of the EU Commission proposal to enshrine them in European law. If so, you might like to think again. They are two entirely different questions -- and the second one has nothing to do with women, or company boards.

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