According to the regulation, bodies must consist of at least 40% women and 40% men

Scope of application in the local government

According to Section 17 of the Local Government Act, municipal bodies include the local council, the local executive and its sub-committees, and the management boards and their sub-committees and commissions. The quota regulation in the Equality Act contains no specific definition of a local municipal body. The Supreme Administrative Court has affirmed that the municipal bodies covered by the quota regulation may in some situations include bodies other than the Section 17 bodies listed above, such as working groups, for example. The quota regulation is not applied to the municipal council, which is appointed by election. Neither does the regulation apply to the chairmanship.

The quota regulation applies to bodies established for the purpose of inter-municipal cooperation, such as a joint municipal authority's joint authority councils, meetings and executive boards, as well as other joint municipal bodies such as municipal committees, management boards, commissions and local cooperation advisory councils. Often each municipality directly chooses the members of an inter-municipal co-operation body, for example those of a joint municipal authority's joint authority council or the joint body defined in Section 77 of the Local Government Act. In inter-municipal negotiations, it should be ensured beforehand that the body's final make-up is in accordance with the Equality Act's quota regulation.