The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) recently published a new report “Gender budgeting: Mainstreaming gender into the EU budget and macroeconomic policy framework”, which states that less than 1% of the EU’s Structural and Investment Funds has been set aside for the promotion of gender equality. This despite the EU’s legal obligations and political commitments to close the gender gap, which persists across all Member States. The issue was also addressed during the Informal EPSCO, during which CEEP and the EU cross-industry social partners exchanged views with EU Ministers of Employment and Social Affairs on the state of gender equality in the EU.

As the EU is preparing its ‘budget for the future’, EIGE put forward proposals on how to ensure the budget serves the future of the whole population. Currently women earn less, spend more time on caring and housework, and end up with significantly lower pensions than men. The report outlines in detail how the EU institutions and Member States can help realise the goal of gender equality through improved gender budgeting, which identifies the different needs of women and men and allocates resources accordingly.

Recommendations made by EIGE in the report include:

  • The setting of gender equality as a priority across the entire EU’s Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF);
  • The institutionalisation of gender mainstreaming methods and the monitoring of its impact in all funds;
  • The setting of budgetary targets for gender equality;
  • The introduction of a system to track funding for gender equality in all funding programmes.

During the Informal EPSCO in Bucharest (10-11 April), CEEP General Secretary Valeria Ronzitti addressed the issue, highlighting the importance of using non-legislative measures such as gender budgeting to foster gender equality. She added that fiscal policies and administrative procedures can be structured to address gender inequalities. This will promote accountability and transparency in fiscal planning, increase gender responsive participation in budget processes and advance gender equality.

Should you wish to know more about EIGE’s joint activities with the EU Social Partners, do not hesitate to contact CEEP Project Manager, Carlotta Astori.

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