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Gender equality and gender mainstreaming in the Covid-19 recovery

The purpose of this study is to assess the EU recovery response to the COVID-19 pandemic from a gender perspective. More specifically, the study includes three main components. The study team will identify the challenges and opportunities to advance gender equality within the EU Recovery and Resilience Facility regulation (legal case) and analyse how gender equality objectives have been addressed in the National Recovery and Recovery Plans of the 27 EU Member States (policy case). Additionally, the study will assess, through a EUROMOD microsimulation, the effect of selected COVID-19-related national policy measures (such as taxes and benefits) on gender gaps in income and earnings in 27 Member States (economic case).

During the 13-month study, the study team will conduct desk research, 27 country case studies, including interviews with stakeholders conducted by national researchers, statistical analysis and a EUROMOD microsimulation. Based on the findings, PPMI will provide policy recommendations to ensure a gender-responsive design of COVID-19 recovery policies, including tax-benefit support measures. The study falls within the scope of EIGE's mandate to provide technical support to the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union, as part of the ongoing follow-up of the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action in the EU. Its results, including policy recommendations, will serve as a basis for EIGE’s report to the Swedish Presidency of the Council of the EU in the first semester of 2023.