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Minister of State Böhmer meets EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Jourová

16.04.2015 - Article

On 13 April EU Commissioner Věra Jourová and Minister of State Maria Böhmer, two women with wide experience of gender equality issues, met for an intensive exchange of views.

Böhmer (right) and Jourová
Böhmer (right) and Jourová© AA

On 13 April EU Commissioner Věra Jourová and Minister of State Maria Böhmer, two women with wide experience of gender equality issues, met for an intensive exchange of views.

During her visit to the Federal Foreign Office, Commissioner Jourová presented the draft of an EU directive designed to regulate the quota of women on management boards, which is one of the central goals of her department. Minister of State Böhmer in turn reported on the introduction of the quota for women on the supervisory boards of publicly listed companies in Germany:

I have long spoken out in favour of the quota and am proud that Germany can now serve as a role model for other countries. This is also thanks to the personal efforts of Chancellor Angela Merkel. Germany is working to promote gender equality within the EU, too. I therefore expressly welcome EU Commissioner Jourová's engagement.

A further topic was the efforts to achieve equal pay for women and men. Moreover, talks between Böhmer and Jourová focused on ways to provide assistance to Ukraine.

In the course of her visit to Germany, Commissioner Jourová met Minister for Family Affairs Manuela Schwesig as well as representatives of the Federal Chancellery, among others.

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