European Institute for Gender Equality

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European Institute for Gender Equality
European Institute for Gender Equality logo.svg
Formation 20 December 2006 (ratified)
2007 (established)
Location Vilnius, Lithuania
Director Virginija Langbakk
Website EIGE website

The European Institute for Gender Equality is a Vilnius-based agency of the European Union inaugurated on 2007. It was established by Council Regulation (EC) No 1922/2006 of 20 December 2006. Recruitment of its Director was advertised in April 2007.

Funded by the Commission, with a proposed budget of €52.5 million for the period 2007 to 2013, this new European Institute will support the EU institutions and the Member States in promoting equality between women and men and combating sex discrimination. The Institute will gather, analyse and disseminate reliable and comparable research data and information needed by policy-makers. It will have a documentation centre and a library which will be open to the public.

The Management Board of the institute consists of eighteen representatives of the EU Member States appointed by the Council and of one member representing the European Commission. An Experts' forum as further body of the institute consists of delegates designated by the Member States (28), the European Parliament (2) and the Commission (3), the latter including representatives from non-governmental, employers' and workers' organisations at EU level.

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