How can we apply gender budgeting in the EU Funds? Practical tools and Member State examples
This section includes practical tools on how to integrate a gender perspective into the EU Funds, using detailed descriptions, checklists and examples from different Member States. Using this support structure throughout the programming and implementing process will ensure the coherent integration of a gender equality perspective. The tools are structured in line with the requirements of the Commission's proposal for a regulation on the content and implementation of EU Funds' operational programmes (OPs), addressing the proposal’s articles.
In general, the tools are applicable throughout the programming processes for all of the EU Funds. Nevertheless, different contexts have to be considered. With the exception of Tool 1 (which presents the most important requirements of the Commission's proposal for the regulations) and Tool 4 (on options to advance work-life balance), the tools do not present a specific approach for each of the EU Funds. Instead, the tools offer generic support for introducing a coherent gender equality perspective.
The tools pay specific attention to work-life balance. From an EU policy perspective, this is because work-life balance has become especially important in the wake of a new directive on the subject. Promoting work-life balance measures within the funds goes hand in hand with the new directive and the communication from the Commission on an initiative to support work-life balance, in which the European Commission explicitly encourages funding from the EU Funds and the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) to advance the directive. For more information about the Directive on work-life balance, click here. For general information on the relationship between the gender pay gap and work-life balance, have a look at this EIGE publication.
This section features 11 tools to apply gender budgeting in the EU Funds:
- Tool 1 EU Funds and EU regulatory framework on gender equality
- Tool 2 Analysing gender inequalities and needs
- Tool 3 Operationalising gender equality in PAs and OPs
- Tool 4 Coordination and complementarities between funds to advance work-life balance
- Tool 5 Partnerships and multi-level-governance
- Tool 6 Quantitative and qualitative indicators
- Tool 7 Gender-sensitive project selection criteria
- Tool 8 Tracking resource allocation for gender equality
- Tool 9 Mainstreaming gender equality in project design
- Tool 10 Gender perspective in monitoring and evaluation processes
- Tool 11 Reporting on spending for gender equality
 European Commission (2017), Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions: An initiative to support work–life balance for working parents and carers, COM/2017/0252 final, European Commission, Brussels. Available at: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=COM:2017:252:FIN