Comparison between the average representation of women in national parliaments in Member States and in the European Parliament shows that both have increased over time. (The line for national parliaments up to 1996 is illustrative only, based on data available for a limited number of Member States). A marked increase in the percentage of women in national parliaments can be seen in the mid-2000s, which is partly a result of the introduction of gender quotas for elections in several Member States (for example, France – 2000, Belgium – 2002, Portugal – 2006, Spain – 2007).
Women in the EP and EU national parliaments
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