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.


Work of Sfteam can be for someone little bit misty. Therefore we publish periodic overview of our activities in all countries. We hope that this can enlighten our activities and inspired you.

Friends of the Earth-CEPA organized a seminar “Transparency and anti-corruption measures in the management of EU funds”, that took place in Bratislava on 17th January 2011. Seminar followed Friends of the Earth-CEPA's previous activities in the field of anti-corruption measures and transparency on the level of programming and management of the EU funds in Slovakia.

Every three years, the EU publishes a report on economic, social and territorial cohesion, detailing progress in these areas and how the EU, national and regional governments have contributed. The 5th Cohesion Report was published in November 2010.

The Bulgarian members of SFTeam, as members of the national NGO Coalition for Sustainable Use of EU Funds (www.fesbg.org ), presented in September 2010 their interim evaluation of the mid-term programme period 2007–2013. The BG Coalition predicts that if the same rate of institutional work is maintained, only 15% of the EU funds for Bulgaria will be used by the end of 2013.

logo ecosocIn June 2010 European Economic and Social Committee published opinion focused on Efficient Partnership in Cohesion Policy. With several languages modifications you can acquaint oneself below.

The European Commission is launching public consultations on 3 planned programmes, due to replace 3 existing programmes from the beginning of 2014:

SFteam formulated recommendations for the effective application of partnership principle in the implementation of programs funded from EU Structural and Cohesion Funds. This document shows NNO view on needed changes within partnership principles according to EC regulation 1083/2006 and their affective excercising.

SFteam introduced self and presented analysis of the partnership of public administration with non-governmental non-profit organizations in Central and Eastern Europe on seminar of the European Economic and Social Committee. Seminar Efficient Partnership in EU Cohesion Policy – Examples of Best Practice held in Katowice 9 November 2010.

An international workshop Role of NGOs in local development was held in Prague in March 12–13, 2009. The workshop was focused on an exchange of experiences with activities for development on local level and a discussion about partnership of NGOs and public sector for sustainable development, one of its parts was also a participation in Extraordinary meeting of the Bureau of Group III – „Europe without Barriers – the participation of organised civil society“.

An analysis of the partnership of public administration with non-governmental non-profit organizations in Central and Eastern Europe.

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