Sweden accepts Juncker's Commission despite lack of women

The Swedish Riksdag will accept Jean Claude Juncker’s proposed EU Commission, despite it failing to meet targets for gender balance.

The new Commission has only nine women, meaning the EU Parliament may not vote to pass it.

But the EU committee of the Sweden’s own parliament (the Riksdag) has voted yes. The centre-right Alliance parties mustered more votes than the opposition “red-greens”, with the unaligned Sweden Democrats not voting.

The EU Commission is made up of 28 people, one put forward from each member state. It alone has the power to propose new EU laws and is bound by the EU treaties to act in the interest of the whole EU.

If the Commission gets the approval of the other EU countries then the next step is to be passed or rejected by the EU parliament, which all EU citizens elected in May this year. The parliament wants a Commission with more women, and Sweden’s Social Democrats, Greens and Left Party agree.