EGGSIE is the European Commission's Network of experts in the fields of employment, social inclusion and gender equality issues (tender VT/2003/154). The Network undertakes an annual programme of policy-oriented research and reports to the Equal Opportunities Unit of the Employment and Social Affairs directorate.
Here you will be able to find information about this network and its members as well as information on how to get access to EGGSIE publications. In case you have any specific query about the network please contact Mary O'Brien.
About the network
The Network comprises 30 national experts (25 member states plus Bulgaria, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Romania) plus a coordinating team. It is an expansion of a previous network which has been funded by the European Commission for 15 years, and most of the previous networks for the old member states from the last network ('EGGE') have continued in this network.
All of the experts are academics, drawn mainly from economics, sociology and management but also from other disciplines. All have research expertise in employment, and are committed to advancing equal opportunities for women and men through their research. The Network is coordinated through the European Work and Employment Research Centre at Manchester Business School by Professor Jill Rubery (Manchester, UK), Professor Colette Fagan (Manchester, UK) and Professor Janneke Plantenga (Utrecht, NL and Honorary Professor at Manchester). The other members of the coordinating team are Professor Damian Grimshaw, Dr Gail Hebson, Dr Mark Smith, Dr Rory Donnelly and Dr Peter Urwin.
The network's work programme
The work is to provide assessments of the extent to which the National Action Plans for employment and for social inclusion policies promote and mainstream gender equality. This involves, firstly, analysis of women and men's position in the labour market, assessments of trends and analysis of the causes for the existence of gender gaps in the labour market. Secondly, analysis of the factors that render women more vulnerable to the risk of social exclusion and poverty. This work will be used to advise the Commission in the analysis and monitoring of equality between women and men within the labour market and the field of social inclusion. It will assist in the development of methodologies concerning the evaluation of National Action Plans for employment and for social inclusion, including the development of suitable indicators.
Each year the Network undertakes to produce national and cross-national comparative 'synthesis' reports on the following:
- Evaluation of the annual National Action Plans for Employment
- Evaluation of the biennial National Action Plans for Social Inclusion or report on an aspect of social inclusion
- An annual report on an employment-related theme