EIGE's core bodies are made up of a Management Board (decision-making body), an Experts' Forum (consultative body) and its Director including her staff.
The Management Board adopts the annual work programme, the medium-term work programme as well as the Institute's budget.
It consists of eighteen representatives from the Member States which operates on a rotation basis thus guaranteeing total representation combined with operational efficiency. One member is also representing the European Commission. There is an equal number of substitute members.
The length of its representatives' mandate is 3 years. For each mandate, the Members appointed by the Council represent eighteen Member States following the order of the rotating Presidencies, one member being designated by each concerned State.
The Management Board elects its Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson for a term of 3 years.
The Experts' Forum is the Institute's advisory body. Its principle function is to provide expertise knowledge in the field of gender equality.
It is composed of members from competent bodies specialised in gender equality issues from every Member State of the European Union. Each country has both a member and an alternate. There are two members designated by the European Parliament, as well as three members designated by the European Commission and representing interested parties at the European level, with one representative from:
- an appropriate non-governmental organisation at Community level which has a legitimate interest in contributing to the fight against discrimination on grounds of sex and the promotion of gender equality;
- employers' organisations at Community level; and
- workers' organisations at Community level.
The Member States and the Commission aim to achieve a balanced representation between men and women in the Experts' Forum.
Members are designated for the period of three years.
The Institute recruits Temporary Agents and Contract Agents. Seconded National Experts (SNE) are also engaged.