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How is the partnership principle to be strengthened for European funds?


How is the partnership principle to be strengthened for European funds?

The Commission has set out in general terms the principles by which countries in the European Union must be guided in order to ensure the successful participation of the partners whose involvement in the implementation of European funds is required. This paper contains the elements for a future ‘European Code of Conduct on Partnership’.

These principles relate to the five European funds comprised in the EU’s ‘Common Strategic Framework’: the Cohesion Fund, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Social Fund (ESF), the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).

The partnership principle is one of the key principles for the management of European funds. The partners, i.e. regional and local authorities, the economic and social partners and the many bodies representing civil society, must be actively and closely involved throughout the whole cohesion policy cycle (programme preparation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation).

The Commission is inviting organisations and all interested parties to submit their reactions and proposals. They may send their comments to the following address:

Read the Commission Staff Working Document (available in English only):
The partnership principle in the implementation of the Common Strategic Framework Funds - elements for a European Code of Conduct on Partnership

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