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Women’s Day: EU Parliament, female representation is still low. Thumbs up for Finland, Ireland and Croatia

(Brussels) 36.1% is the share of women Members in the European Parliament. The political group with the highest female representation is the European United Left (GUE / NGL) with 51.9% of women; followed by the Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) with 45.6%; the Socialists and Democrats with 44% female MEPs; the Greens with 40.4%; Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) with 39%; Europe of Nations and Freedom (ENF) with 29.7%; the European People’s Party (EPP) with 28.6% female MEPs; the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) with 22.7%; and the “Non Attached” (NI) with 18.2% of its seats filled by women. These are the findings of an internal study conducted by the European Parliament ahead of International Women’s Day on 8 March. If we look at the representation by country, Finland has the highest percentage of women in its delegation (76.9%). Ireland and Croatia (both with 54.5% of women) have a good gender balance, as well as Malta and Sweden (50%), and Spain, which has almost reached the “fifty-fifty” gender representation (48.1%). 43.2% of French MEPs are female; for Austria, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Italy, the share of female MEPs is about 38%. Latvia, Slovenia and Germany are also above the 36.1% average. In the delegations of Belgium, Luxembourg, Denmark, and Slovakia, women’s representation is between 30 and 34%. In the delegations of Portugal, Romania, Poland, the Czech Republic and Greece, women account for about 20 to 30% of MEPs. Among the countries with the lowest percentages of women MEPs are Hungary, with only 19% of women in its delegation, Lithuania (18.2%), Bulgaria (17.6%), and Cyprus and Estonia (both with 16.7%).

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