European commission sets out goal to improve workplace for women and LGBT, disabled and older – but not BME – people

The EU’s executive has been accused of being blind to black and minority ethnic communities after they failed to feature in a new “diversity” initiative to make the European commission’s senior posts more representative.

Under a new Diversity and Inclusion Charter – launched by the German commissioner, Günther Oettinger, who was accused last year of racism and homophobia – the commission has set as its goal the creation of “a better workplace for all – including women, staff with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and intersex (LGBTI) staff and older staff”. The commission announced a target of having at least 40% women in management by 2019.

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