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The Network of Legal Experts ensures that the European Commission is kept informed in relation to important legal developments in the field of gender equality at national level and the impact of these developments.

Background

Since 1984, the Commission has been assisted by the European Network of Legal Experts in the field of Gender Equality in order to help monitor the implementation of the EU acquis related to the principle of equal treatment between women and men in the EU countries and to develop new legal initiatives in this specific field.

The network is appointed following a call for tender which is normally issued every three years. The current network consists of independent experts - academics and practitioners - from the 27 EU countries, EFTA countries (Liechtenstein, Norway and Iceland) and candidate countries (Croatia, FYR Macedonia and Turkey).

Functions of the Network

The Network is responsible for giving advice and relevant information to the Commission in the analysis and monitoring of national legislation and policies in the field of equality between women and men. It also contributes, where appropriate, to the development of new Community legislative instruments in this field. In this context, each year the network produces:

  • a number of thematic reports in relation to the legislative activities of the Commission in the field of equality between women and men;
  • European Gender Equality Law Review on legislative and judicial developments at national and EU levels;
  • other publications on EU gender equality law and its implementation at the national level;
  • a synthesis report summarising the trends and main legal developments of the year at EU and national levels;
  • alerts in relation to important developments at national level; and on-the-spot and ad hoc information.

It also assists the Commission in developing legal and policy initiatives by commenting on policy documents, making suggestions and by providing the European Commission with the legal data necessary for comparison and for the preparation of new EU instruments. The Commission can also use the network as a think tank or as a sounding board for new strategies and ideas.

Finally, it assists in the dissemination of information in relation to developments in this area at EU and national levels through its European Gender Equality Law Review (previously called bulletins) and other publications Choose translations of the previous link :

  • a number of reports in relation to the legislative activities of the Commission in the field of equality between women and men;
  • Law Reviews on legal issues related to legal and judicial developments at national and EU levels. 
  • a synthesis report summarising the trends and main legal developments of the year at EU and national levels;
  • alerts in relation to important developments at national level; and on-the-spot and ad hoc information.