Quotas and the equality rule
One of the basic objectives of the Equality Act is to ensure that women and men can participate equally in societal planning and decision-making
The proportion of both women and men must be at least 40 per cent in planning and decision-making bodies of central and local government. The quota regulation applies to
- e.g. government committees, advisory boards and working groups
- municipal bodies and bodies established for the purpose of inter-municipal cooperation, excluding municipal councils.
The equality rule
The equality rule is applied to
- executive or administrative bodies of agencies and institutions if they excercise public authority
- executive or administrative bodies of companies in which the Government or a municipality is the majority shareholder
- bodies of indirect public administration, if they exercise public authority. Bodies who exercise public authority are e.g. pension institutions, chambers of commerce, private educational institutions and student unions.