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Auditors say EU budget failing to deliver on gender equality

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By Gabriela Baczynska BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union lacks specific budget tools to ensure its spending advances gender equality and should make more use of data broken down by sex to track and assess progress, auditors said on Wednesday. The report by the European Court of Auditors (ECA) comes in the same month that member states Poland and Hungary blocked use of the phrase “gender equality” at an EU social summit, and amid fears the COVID-19 pandemic has aggravated inequality. “Gender equality is at stake in Europe,” said Eva Lindstrom, a Swedish auditor with the EU oversight body, …

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