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EU Funding for Gender Equality: The Need for a Gender Responsive Budget

newdigital EU Funding for Gender Equality: The Need for a Gender
Responsive Budget
Article
journal RIVISTA INTERNAZIONALE DI SCIENZE SOCIALI
issue RIVISTA INTERNAZIONALE DI SCIENZE SOCIALI - 2020 - 1. An Issue in Honour of Carlo Dell’Aringa
title EU Funding for Gender Equality: The Need for a Gender Responsive Budget
author
publisher Vita e Pensiero
format Article | Pdf
online since 06-2020
doi 10.26350/000518_000042
issn 0035-676X (print) | 1827-7918 (digital)
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The paper discusses how gender mainstreaming is applied in the EU funding allocations for 2014-2020, with focus on the EU Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) and the main EU funding programmes. The analysis shows that notwithstanding EU commitment to gender mainstreaming, gender budgeting is not systematically applied in the EU multiannual budget and in the analysed programmes. Gender equality is declared as a horizontal objective in almost all EU programmes, but often not translated into concrete goals, actions and earmarked funding, with the EU budget showing a weak and piecemeal commitment to gender equality. Some important tools, like Gender Impact Assessment and Gender Budgeting, are still rarely adopted by the EU or national institutions. In order to be effective, the EU’s political and legal commitment to gender mainstreaming has to be supported with earmarked funding and allocations in the EU budgetary and spending decisions.

keywords

Gender mainstreaming, EU budget, EU financial allocations, EU programmes’ regulations.

Author biography

IRS, Istituto per la Ricerca Sociale, Milano. Email: msamek@irsonline.it.