The Memorandum of Understanding signed by the European Economic Area States (Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein) and Spain entered into force on 19 November 2011 and is regulated by the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism (EEAFM) 2009-2014. Specifically, Spain was allocated €10,191,250 in grants to manage the Programme on Gender Equality and Work-Life Balance ("Programme").
The aim of this programme is to undertake projects that promote gender equality in the labour market, female entrepreneurship, gender balance on corporate boards of directors, reconciliation of work and family life, socio-labour integration of women from vulnerable groups and that combat gender violence.
The Programme Operator (PO) is the Secretary of State for Social Services and Equality through the Directorate-General for Equal Opportunities, which entails responsibility for designing and implementing the Programme. It is advised for this purpose by the Programme's Donor Partner, the Norwegian Equality and Anti-Discrimination Ombud (LDO).
The national focal point is the Subdirectorate-General of Cohesion Funds and European Territorial Cooperation. It is responsible for achieving the objectives of the Financial Mechanism and of implementing the Memorandum of Understanding.
The Programme Proposal was approved by the Financial Mechanism Committee (FMC) and the donor states, in accordance with the EEAFM Regulation, last 31st of May of 2013..
Management of the Programme is structured as described below: