Arkiv för november, 2009
Former Latvian president Vike-Freiberga quoted in the Irish times about gender equality in EU top jobs.
”As far as I am concerned they are voicing the deepest and most objectionable prejudice against women.They are saying that we do not have qualified women around and I resent that. It is a lie and we should all protest against that because it implies that somehow talent was distributed only to those with one kind of chromosome.”
Vårt upprop för en jämställd EU-kommission går vidare. Vi har fått en del täckning i media runt om i Europa.
Spanska dagstidningen El Mundo skriver om jämställdhetsaspekten i valet av nya kommissionärer och citerar vår kampanj här.
Europabloggaren Jon Worth som grundade kampanjen med mig, skriver i The Guardian om vår idé.
Dessutom har över 700 skrivit under vårt upprop och 1600 gått med i vår grupp på Facebook.
Tre länder har ännu inte nominerat sin kandidat: Holland, Danmark och Malta.
Av de 24 som redan är nominerade är sju kvinnor: Cathrine Ashton (Storbritannien), Viviane Redding (Luxemburg), Cecilia Malmström (Sverige), Rumiana Jeleva (Bulgarien), Androulla Vassilliou (Cypern), Maria Danamaki (Grekland), Máire Georghegan-Quinn (Irland).
Nile Gardiner from the Heritage Foundation commented on the new EU High Rep and her lack of foreign policy experience:
”…there are probably interns in the House of Commons that have more foreign policy knowledge than she has…”
The EU has chosen its leaders. And the first response you hear around the continent is, ”Van Romp… who?? Baroness what??”.
First of all it is not really the EU who has chosen, but rather 27 heads of state and government. After long weeks of horse trading and gossiping. With a direct election of the EU President, the choice would probably look different. Secondly, looking at the profile of the two, they will not be leading the EU, but rather chairing their respective Council meetings and discretely fostering consensus.
European citizens who want the EU to speak with a strong voice, are not the winners of this. Nor are those, who want a visible EU on the world stage, an EU of soft power and common values that could balance other players of hard powers and less values.
But who is then the winner? El Pais proposes one answer: the winners are Sarkozy, Merkel and Brown. The big member states have chosen an EU President that will not interfere with their national agendas and not be of any threat to them. Time will show how the EU President and the High Representative are performing on world stage. But since I wasnt able to find one single positive comment in European media, they seem to have some convincing to do.
The Treaty of Lisbon has been ratified and now we are all waiting for the Summit on 19 November, where an agreement is to be reached on a permanent President of the European Council, a High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and a Secretary-General for the Council Secretariat. After that the nominees for the new Commission will be put forward and hearings will start in the European Parliament.
It is in that context that I, together with Jon Worth, came up with the idea of putting forward a completely female Commission – 26 female candidates (and Barroso). We believe that in order to achieve gender equality we have to start promoting women of flesh and blood. It is too easy to get stuck in discussions about quotas and numbers. But what we need is faces! So have a look for yourself, at www.genderbalancedcommission.eu.