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Structured Dialogue with ESIF Partners 2014-2020

On the basis of Article 5(6) of Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 (Common Provisions Regulation), the Commission set up an expert group with partners at EU level in the field of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds), for the programming period 2014-2020.

The "Structured Dialogue with European Structural and Investment Funds' partners group of experts" was formally established through Commission Decision C(2014) 4175 of 26 June 2014 pdf.

Objectives and transparency

The mission of the Structured Dialogue group of experts is to establish an open, frank and informal dialogue with partners working in the field of the ESI Funds. The Structured Dialogue is a mutual trust building mechanism in order to bring the ESI Funds closer to civil society, assist the Commission in the development of this policy in the different areas of expertise and to discuss the implementation of the ESI Funds.

Structured dialogue members

The members of the Structured Dialogue are umbrella organisations at EU level. They have been selected according to their representativeness of one of the three categories of partners set out in Article 5(1) of the above-mentioned Regulation, following an open call for applications:

  • associations representing regional, local, urban and other public authorities,
  • economic and social partners,
  • bodies representing civil society, such as environmental partners, non-governmental organisations, and bodies responsible for promoting social inclusion, gender equality and non-discrimination).

All members of the Structured Dialogue must be registered in the Commission's transparency register.

The complete list of members is available on the Register of Commission Expert Groups, along with other relevant information.

Rules of procedure pdf


Agenda pdf


  • Programming and Partnership:
    1. High Level Group on Monitoring Simplification for Beneficiaries of the ESI Funds pdf
    2. Support to asylum seekers under the European Social Fund and the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived pdf
    3. EU-Level Platform on Transnational Cooperation – Thematic Network on Partnership pdf
  • Mainstreaming of the horizontal principles as laid down in the Common Provisions Regulation:
    1. Mainstreaming of Horizontal Principles: art. 7-8 CPR pdf
    2. EMFF 2014-2020 contribution to Natura 2000 and Marine Protected Areas pdf
    3. Climate Action under the Common Agricultural Policy pdf
    4. An assessment of climate change mitigation mainstreaming in Central and Eastern Europe's Regional Development and Cohesion Funds (CEE Bankwatch Network/Friends of Earth Europe) pdf
    5. Prevention of discrimination based on disability and accessibility (European Disability Forum) pdf
    6. Fight against discrimination through ESIF (Social Platform) ppt

Agenda pdf


  • Programming and Partnership:
    1. State of play of OP and ETC programme adoption ppt
    2. State of play of OP negotiations (ESF) ppt
    3. The CAP towards 2020 - Implementation of Rural Development Policy - State of Play of RDPs ppt
    4. Study on the Implementation of the New Regulatory Provisions on the Involvement of Partners in the Preparation and Implementation of Partnership Agreements and Programmes (SWECO) pdf
  • Synergies between Funds and Innovation:
    1. Smart Specialisation Strategies & Synergies ESIF – Horizon2020 ppt
    2. The European Innovation Partnership Agricultural Productivity & Sustainability ppt
    3. Blue Growth - Sustainable use of our seas and oceans for jobs and growth pdf
    4. Structured Dialogue with ESIF’s Partners Group of Experts - Synergies between funds and innovation (EARTO) ppt
  • Social Inclusion:
    1. The European Social Fund in 2014-2020 & Social Inclusion ppt
    2. Approaches to fund Roma inclusion from the EAFRD in the 2014-2020 period ppt
  • The EU Investment Plan and ESI Funds ppt

Minutes pdf

Agenda pdf


  • Draft Guidance for Beneficiaries: How to effectively access and use the ESI Funds and exploit complementarities with other instruments of relevant Union policies pdf
  • Cohesion policy – planning of EU structural funds: is Local Government a real partner? – CEMR Report pdf
  • Multilevel Governance and Partnership – the Van den Brande Report pdf


  • The 6th Report on economic, territorial and social cohesion ppt
  • Community-Led Local Development in the European Structural and Investment Funds 2014-2020 ppt
  • Survey by ETUC, BUSINESSEUROPE and UEAPME on the implementation of the European code of conduct on partnership - Presentation of the findings ppt
  • Youth Employment Initiative ppt

Minutes pdf

See also Structured Dialogue with partners at Union level under the 2007-2013 programming period