Fairer Funds

Despite a commitment to promoting equality between men and women, the European Structural Fundsi have still not fully incorporated the gender equality dimension in the current programming period. A Commission Communication on gender mainstreaming in the Structural Funds has found that, whilst gender is often to be taken into consideration in the European Social Fund areas of employment and human resource development, few European Regional Development Fund programmes contain specific actions to promote gender equality. The Communication will form part of the Structural Funds' mid-term review, when the allocation of the performance reservei is decided along with any revisions to financial allocations, targets, priorities and measures.