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Feedback of SFteam on Code of Conduct on Partnership

by Ondrej Marek, 21 November 2012

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.

We are in a crucial period regarding the EU Cohesion Policy funds. Although the legislative background – which, among others, defines the minimum requirements of partnership – is unfortunately still under preparation, the programming of how to spend about 336 billion Euros between 2014 and 2020 has already started.

Strong EU and national laws are obviously important to ensure appropriate partnership during the programming period. Its realisation is highly dependent on the will and competence of the individuals and institutions involved. At the beginning of 2012, SFteam developed a check-list of measures necessary for the meaningful application of the partnership principle in Cohesion Policy programming and at every other stage of the policy cycle1. Since then, we have promoted this among officials and NGOs and also tested the willingness of officials to apply the recommendations and their usefulness perceived by NGOs.

To fulfil our role as a watchdog organisation, in this study we summarize what has happened in the CEE countries (Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia) during the programming for 2014–2020, focusing on partnership issues. We made interviews with and requested feedback from several officials and NGOs, and decided to present the situation in each country from the viewpoints of both the government and the NGOs. It is quite illuminating to see what the same process looks like from different perspectives.

Report „Principles versus Reality“ in different languages you can download here.


Bulgarian, Czech, Hungarian, Latvian, Polish, Romania, Slovak.

Information about European Code of Conduct on Partnership you can find here.

This publication was supported by International Visegrad Fund.

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