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The consultancy network “SFteam for Sustainable Future”

promotes the use of structural funds for sustainable development of the regions in the Central and Eastern Europe.Joining the European Union should bring the people in the new EU member states prosperity. One of the main instruments is the Cohesion Policy and the Structural Funds. These funds became available for our countries since accession in 2004 and 2007.

But will they bring us indeed prosperity, real development? In other words: will the funds be used in a sustainable way, in the interest of the wide public? The NGO network “SFteam for Sustainable Future” promotes the ecologically sound use of funds for sustainable development of the regions.

The members of the network are experienced, professional non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from the Czech republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovak, Latvia, Bulgaria, Romania and the Netherlands.Our partners are non-governmental organizations, the local, rural and regional municipalities, local councils, political parties, regional development agencies, the business community, the public, ministries, national governments.

Sfteam in this year realize project Partnership for sustainability in EU funds in CEE supported by International Visegrad Fund. Project information project You can find here.
Short information about SFteam You can download here.


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Even though still under negotiation it is foreseeable that the new legislation for Cohesion Policy 2014–2020 will enshrine substantial progress in further establishing the partnership principle, i.e. providing for a comprehensive involvement of EU Cohesion Policy stakeholders into lanning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of EU funds’ investments.

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SFteam organized conference about partnership in Cohesion Policy held 20 February 2013, placed in Brussels.

SFteam invite You to conference From ideas to action: people’s proposals for better spent EU funds held 19 February 2013, placed in Brussels.

The core value of SFteam is cooperation. The long-term goal of our cooperation is to ensure that regional development and Cohesion Policy in Central and Eastern European countries – including the use of the Common Strategic Framework funds of the EU – are applied in a sustainable way. To reach this on a European, national, regional and local level, we think that it is essential to build and maintain cooperation and partnership between decision-makers and all the affected parties, including citizens, municipalities, NGOs and entrepreneurs.

EC regulation 1083/2006 has not defined the rule for partnership specifically enough; it is vague and ambiguous. We think that more specific rules are needed for the application of partnership principle, and they should be stipulated in the EU legislation. Therefore, SFteam has developed a checklist of measures necessary for the sensible application of partnership principle in every stage of the use of EU funds.

In this year was Sfteam supported from International Visegrad Fund for project promoting partnership principles and good praxis in programming and implementation of Structural fund of EU.

SFteam together with Bankwatch network formulate it's opinion on questions of transparency, the partnership principle and public participation in the future Cohesion Policy. This position paper was primary designed to discussion with DG Regio. We hope that it can be inspiration and suggestion to others stakeholders of process creating future Cohesion policy of EU.

As result of European Civil Meeting, organized during Hungarian presidency in June 2011, was given recommendations on the application of partnership for the future Cohesion Policy post-2013.

The political development in some countries has verifi ed our anxiety about the attitudes of governments and politicians towards the broader involvement of civil society in decision-making. Some optimism, however, may spring from the fact that there are positive cases of cooperation even under these hard conditions. Such cases are still in progress and we are planning to continue to follow them.

During Hungarian EU Presidency is preparing European Civil Meeting 2011 – the 3rd European Civic Days. Chief organiser is Századvég Political School Foundation with its cooperating governmental and non-governmental partner institutions, included our member National Society of Conservationists, Hungary.

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