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Kønsdimensionen i struktur- og samhørighedsfondene 2021-2027 med fokus på udarbejdelsen af de operationelle programmer

Opinion Number: CDR 2503/2021
Rapporteur: PORZI Donatella
Commission: COTER
Status: Adopted
Date: 02/12/2021

- stresses that as the COVID-19 pandemic hit sectors employing a high number of women particularly hard, it exacerbated gender inequalities;

- points out that gender equality benefits not only women but society as a whole, as it is a powerful driver for social and economic development, as also described in the EU Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2025, which emphasises that gender equality helps to increase employment and productivity;

- recognises and appreciates the efforts made by the European institutions to promote gender mainstreaming, as well as the great importance attached to achieving the objectives of the European Pillar of Social Rights in the 2021-2027 cohesion policy legislative and programming framework, with particular regard to the enabling conditions and tracking system in spending programmes relating to specific objectives;

- regrets, furthermore, that the EU Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2025 does not include specific measures for mainstreaming gender equality into all EU policy areas, and points to the need to increase the use of effective indicators to measure and assess the gender impact of implementing the strategies;

- urges the European Commission to propose methodology for assessing the gender impact of programmes funded by the European Union, making available gender-specific data and indicators, in line with what was agreed in the latest Interinstitutional Agreement on budgetary discipline; therefore calls on the Commission to put in place appropriate training measures to help managing authorities implement these new methodologies better;

- calls for tools such as gender impact assessment and gender budgeting to be incorporated more widely into European programmes, as they are currently still too rarely used.