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welcomes the proposal for a directive for improving the gender balance among non-executive directors of companies listed on the stock exchange with a minimum objective of 40% by 2020;
recognises the need to respect the freedom to conduct business. This directive is a minimum standard which seeks to improve the conditions for business prosperity and allows Member States to progress beyond the measures recommended;
hopes that this minimum standard could be adopted by all public and private decision-making bodies in the spirit of self-regulation in order to avoid further legislation;
further recommends that policymakers and companies review the following issues to ensure the 40% target is achieved and exceeded:
- better visibility of women in senior roles;
- greater transparency in headhunting talent;
- building and retaining a critical mass;
- challenging stereotypes around gendered roles;
- leadership succession planning;
- creation of a talent pipeline;
- disseminating examples of good practice;
- creating a European-wide coordinated database of qualified women for board positions.
calls for this proposal for a directive to include specific provisions concerning the gender balance for members of the board of directors representing the company's employees, bearing in mind the particular terms of their appointment.