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Thursday, 4 December 2008


News broke yesterday that the European Commission President Barroso has announced a reshuffle of senior officials, without warning and apparently without consultation with his commissioners.

Cathy Ashton and Margot Wallström were among those who objected to the move. And rightly so. As well as being an undemocratic move, this reshuffle does nothing to redress the appalling gender balance in the executive branch of the EU. The reshuffle means there will now be just four female heads of the 31 administrative departments. This will reduce to three when Claire Durand, the new head of the legal service, retires in July.

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