1st Plenary Meeting of the European Community of Practice on Partnership, 26 April 2022.
In order to further improve the quality of partnership in the implementation of the European funds across Europe and promote the exchange of good practices – in view of Article 18 of the European Code of Conduct on Partnership – the European Commission is setting up the European community of practice on partnership (ECoPP) 2021-2027. This Community will be covering not only all Common Provision Regulation funds, but also the CAP Strategic Plans, funded by the EAGF and the EAFRD under the Common Agriculture Policy. This group shall consist of the programme authorities and members that are mentioned in Article 8 of the CPR 2021-2027.
The partnership principle is an intrinsic part of the shared management funds at all levels of their implementation. Therefore, the European Commission will continue the concept of the European Community of Practice on Partnership (ECoPP) for the programming period 2021-2027 and turn it into a genuine forum for practitioners at all levels of the funds’ implementation to exchange good practices.
The tasks of the community shall be to:
a) facilitate exchange of experience with regard to partnership;
b) stimulate capacity building;
c) disseminate relevant outcomes, in particular good practice and innovative approaches;
d) review the application and functioning of the European Code of Conduct and prepare proposals for its possible update.
The ECoPP shall operate in the setting of plenary meetings to be held at least once per year. The group shall not exceed 200 members, composed of the following types of organisations: Managing Authorities; regional, local, urban authorities; social and economic partners, Civil Society Organisations, and research organisations and universities. Apart from the deliberations in the plenary meetings, the ECoPP will work in sub-groups composed of Managing Authorities and stakeholders, which would provide more flexibility and ensure a bottom-up approach in the discussion. The sub-groups will be discussing issues that are relevant for the implementation of the partnership principle (including also those that are fund-specific).