The Ministry of Labour and Social Policy together with the European Commission is organizing a meeting of the High Level Group on Gender Mainstreaming. The event will be held in Sofia in the period 31 January - 1 February 2018.
A European Commission study on women's participation in the information technology sector will be presented during the forum. The participants will also discuss the EU Action Plan 2017-2019 for solving the problem of the gender pay gap.
Among the main topics of the meeting is also the increase of female labour market participation, promotion of work-life balance, and the fight against gender-based violence.
The High Level Group on gender mainstreaming was established in 2001. Its members are representatives of the bodies, responsible for gender mainstreaming at national level in the Member States of the European Union. The Group is chaired by the European Commission and holds two meetings a year in the country holding the EU Council presidency. It is the main forum for strategic planning of the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, including the development of indicators measuring the results achieved. Among its main tasks, the Group supports the trio-presidencies in identifying relevant policy areas and topics to be addressed in the Presidencies' programs. It supports the EC in the formulation and implementation of all European activities aimed at promoting equal opportunities for women and men and stimulates the constant exchange of experience, policies and practices in this field between the Member States and the different stakeholders.