11th Partnership TN meeting, 21-22 February 2019, Brussels

11th Partnership TN meeting, 21-22 February 2019, Brussels


The ESF Transnational Thematic Network on Partnership met on 21st and 22nd February 2019 in Brussels. In its 11th meeting the network expanded its scope of participants by inviting a wider selection of ESF MAs and interested stakeholders from the EU. Following up on discussions and recommendations for a revised European Code of Conduct on Partnership (ECCP), participants learned about how partnership initiatives between social partners, civil society and state representatives - in particular ESF Managing Authorities - are being practiced and how they might be strengthened.

On the first day, Robert Plummer from Business Europe presented research on the use of the ESF for the capacity building of social partners. Andy Churchill from Network for Europe (UK) gave an overview of the key features presented in the Civil Society Futures Inquiry which addresses current issues that civil society in the UK is facing in the context of global social, economical and political challenges. During the afternoon, the Partnership Learning Loop (Netherlands) led an interactive session on participatory evaluation of the quality of partnership processes.

On the second day the focus of the meeting was on sharing successful place-based partnership practices. Michelle McDonagh from Pobal provided an overview of Ireland’s approach to local community development which was followed by a presentation from Finbarr Filan on how this strategy works in the County of Sligo. Sophie Hermant then presented the methodology adopted by the project ‘No Long-Term Unemployment in Local Communities’ which centres on building partnerships between different actors of society to support the long-term unemployed in 10 different regions in France.

Action points/network plans:

  • The PTN’s 2nd Mini Peer Review will be held on 3rd and 4th April in Trento.
  • Final examples for the draft revised partnership guide for ESF MAs should be submitted by 4th March, 2019.
  • The deadline for member research on Partnership in EU Funds (beyond the ESF) is extended to 15th March, 2019.
  • PTN Chair, Flanders (Belgium), handed over to Croatia who will take over this role until July 2019.
  • The next network meeting will take place in Zagreb on 24th and 25th April 2019 (with an optional skills training day on April 26th). The meeting will be jointly organized with Public Administration and Governance TN on the topic of citizens' participation in public decision-making.