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• Brendan Keenan's view ('EU states need to clarify Brussels role', Irish Independent, September 9) that the EU proposal for gender-balancing corporate boardrooms "is worrying evidence that those in charge do not understand what it is they are in charge of" is actually worrying evidence that he does not understand the EU legislative process.
The commission proposal is based on Article 157 of the EU treaty, which states that the EU, "shall ensure the application of the principle of equal opportunities and equal treatment of men and women in matters of employment".
To become law, the proposal must now be agreed by both EU legislative bodies, the Council of Ministers and the directly elected MEPs of the European Parliament.
What part of this democratic process does Mr Keenan find objectionable?
Nessa Childers, MEP
B-1047 Brussels, Belgium