“The obligation seems wrong to us”

The vice president of the CEOE and president of the Valencian employers’ association CEV, Salvador Navarro, criticized this Tuesday the Law promoted by the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, to impose parity between men and women in decision-making bodies such as the Council of Ministers or the boards of directors of large companies. “Everything that is proposed from the obligatory nature seems wrong to me,” he said.

“We do not like the obligation at all,” he insisted on the matter, while opting for “voluntariness.” “Some vice president of the CEOE who shares a position with me has also questioned it,” he added.

The leader pointed out in this regard that the norm, announced by the socialist leader last Saturday and approved this Tuesday in the Council of Ministers, “coincides with March 8”, International Women’s Day, and “has an electoral component”, when it was announced in an election year and just over two months after the municipal and regional elections.

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In this regard, the leader stressed “the great effort of companies to value the female talent that exists in all of them in companies and organizations.” However, he regretted that this must take place “from the obligation.” He also said that it will be “very complicated” to comply with this law, and that it “takes away autonomy from the decisions of the companies.”

As this newspaper reported, Sanchez announced last Saturday the so-called Law of Equal Representation of women and men in decision-making bodies, which will establish quotas in the main centers of power.

“If women represent half of society, half of the political power and half of the economic power has to belong to women,” she said at a PSOE event in Madrid, held as prelude to 8-M.

According to what he explained, the law will force the formation of ‘zipper lists’ with a total alternation between men and women. In addition, it will establish that half of the Council of Ministers is made up of women.

40% women

40% of women will also be established in the management of any listed company or public interest entity with more than 250 workers and 50 million euros of annual business.

Likewise, it will force 40% of the governing boards of professional associations to be made up of women. The awards juries or recognitions financed with public money will also have to have a 40% female presence.

“There will be people who find it serious and even disproportionate,” he predicted. “To us it seems plain and simple to be fair,” she added.

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