The Equality Competence Center of the European Union Cohesion Policy Funds
Who we are?
The Equality Competence Center of the European Union Cohesion Policy Funds is a consulting and training unit whose task is to raise awareness of gender equality and equal treatment among entities using and coordinating structural funds, and to promote and support consideration of these principles in the development and implementation of measures.
The Competence Center consults 1st level intermediate bodies, which develop the terms and conditions for granting support, and 2nd level intermediate bodies, which organise the procedure for applications for support and communicate directly with the beneficiaries. In addition to consulting, the Competence Center provides information on the subject and offers trainings on how to take into account the principles of gender equality and equal treatment.
On the website of the Competence Center, you will find comprehensive information on the subject of equal opportunities, legislation, instructions and educational and information materials for 1st and 2nd level intermediate bodies as well as for applicants for support and recipients.
What are we guided by?
In order to use the funds of the Structural and Investment Funds for the 2014–2020 budget period of the European Union, the principles of gender equality and equal treatment must be respected. This means that the gender aspect must be fully taken into account in one’s activities, and accessibility for people with disabilities must also be ensured. This obligation concerns both the bodies involved in the distribution of support, and the beneficiaries.