Stakeholder consultation helps to make EU law and policy making transparent, well targeted and coherent. Consultations - together with impact assessments, evaluations and expertise - are a key tool for transparent and informed policy making. They help taking decisions that respect principles of proportionality and subsidiarity and that are based on evidence, experiences and views of those affected by the policies and involved in their implementation. Stakeholders include: gender experts, women’s organisations, other civil society organisations, social partners.
Stakeholder consultations are a part of the participatory approach to gender mainstreaming. Close liaison with all policy stakeholders is essential throughout the policy cycle to take on board the concerns, expectations, and views of the various target groups. It is recommended to anchor opportunities and structures for stakeholder involvement and consultations into the policy processes.