European countries are rejecting the EU’s wish to introduce Norwegian-like rules for businesses to help gender inequality within big companies similar to Norway.
The proposal, put forward by European Commission Vice President and Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding, would require companies with over 250 employees or an annual income of 50 million Euros to have women in 40 percent of the top positions.
However, some EU countries, including the UK, have given the plan the thumbs down. Britain, along with several other countries, has have sent a letter to the EU asking that the proposal is not taken any further.
According to the Financial Times the nine countries involved with the letter, which have enough power to stop the proposals set out by Commissioner Reding, believe that gender equality should not be the EU’s concern but rather something looked at by individual nations.
Sweden and Germany have not signed the letter, saying they do not support the proposal, which now may not be voted on in October as originally planned but shelved instead.