A new report to the European Parliament shows that a selected number of EU Operational Programmes in Sweden are successful in considering and mainstreaming the gender equality dimension. Several challenges remain, however, in regard to the evaluation, monitoring and measuring of the principle.

During the autumn of 2018, Oxford Research conducted an analytical country review of the integration of the gender equality principle in the Operational Programmes funded by the EU Cohesion Policy (2014-2020). The aim of the review was to contribute with evidence on how the EU Cohesion Policy is contributing to gender equality in Sweden, as well as how this could be improved further. The Swedish report, together with country reports compiled for the other Member States, provided input to the European Parliament on how to design the post-2020 programming period for the EU Cohesion Policy.

The data collection for the review included desk research of the Partnership Agreement, three Operational Programmes (two funded by the European Regional Development Fund and one funded by the European Social Fund) as well as three in-depth interviews with programme officers.

Among other things, the report concluded that the Swedish Operational Programmes have significantly considered and mainstreamed the gender equality dimension, but that they still face problems related to the evaluation, monitoring and measuring of the principle.

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