Evaluation of the impact of EU structural support on the implementation of the horizontal priority "Gender equality and non-discrimination"
The evaluation of the implementation of horizontal priority "gender equality and non-discrimination", commissioned by the Ministry of Finance, showed that there is a strong case for more attention to the implementation of this priority in organisations, as well as for a mainstreaming approach at all levels of the implementation of structural funds investments. The provisions of the structural funds regulations have become more detailed on gender equality and non-discrimination, thus prompting project applicants to carefully consider in what ways this horizontal priority is relevant to their sector and how it can be best taken into account.
The evaluation stated that groups experiencing discrimination benefited from EU structural investments, as illustrated by project case studies and a short promotional video created in the framework of this evaluation. However, there was a lack of a strategic approach to the horizontal priority and coherence at the OP level. This will have to be strengthened during the new programming period.Although the evaluation found similar trends in neighbouring countries, the cross-country comparison allowed identifying practices worth learning from. E.g. in Poland there was an inter-institutional equality network in place, Sweden benefited from the competences of equal opportunities experts at the local level, Latvia commissioned sectoral guidelines for the construction sector, and a goal to combat stereotypes was put forward in Estonia. The findings of the evaluation were presented discussed with stakeholders at an international conference. Representatives of project managers, NGOs, various ministries and the European Institute for Gender Equality took part.