7th Structured Dialogue ESIF Partners Group of Experts Meeting_21st November 2017

21 NOVEMBER 2017
9:30 – 17:30 
Venue: Centre de Conférences Albert Borschette (CCAB), Room 4A Rue Froissart 36, B-1040 Brussels

Agenda – available here pdf


  • The main findings of the 7th Cohesion Report – available here pdf
  • Update on the Thematic Network on Partnership – available here pdf
  • Communication on boosting growth and cohesion in border regions – available here pdf
  • Communication on strengthening innovation in Europe’s regions – available here pdf

Main findings of the 7th Cohesion Report

Main conclusions on social cohesion: challenges are still high

  • Risk of poverty or social exclusion: has fallen back to its pre-crisis level, but remains higher in EU-15 cities and in EU-13 rural areas. 
  • Increase in inequality in many Member States. Many EU-15 cities have high levels of inequality (reflected by in at-risk-of-poverty rates, higher concentrations of deprivation and households with low work intensity).
We need continued investments in human capital
  • Demographic challenges including long term integration of migrants 
  • New technology and productivity paradigms 
  • Ensuring solidarity and cohesion 
  • Continuing structural reforms for more resilient economies 

Supporting the European Pillar of Social Rights for equal opportunities and access to the labour market; fair working conditions and adequate and sustainable social protection

Post 2020: Investment priorities
  • Social inclusion, employment, skills, innovation, climate change, energy and environmental transition
  • Reflection papers mention positive impact of CP on SMEs, healthcare and social infrastructure, transport and digital infrastructure, and skill upgrading.
  • Improving institutions (e-Governance)
  • Positive incentives for structural reform
  • Support to cooperation, especially on innovation
Post 2020: How to invest
  • A single rule book 
  • A radical approach to simplification 
  • Allocations linked to EU challenges and priorities 
  • Higher national co-financing 
  • An unallocated capacity to create flexibility 
  • Faster implementation: N+2 and faster closure 
  • Complementarity between financial instruments

Update on the Thematic Network on Partnership

Key work strands and outputs 
  • Mapping of relevant concepts, models, challenges. 
  • European Code of Conduct on Partnership (ECCP) Review. 
  • Cross-network activity/resources – e.g. coproduction dossier. 
  • Database of peer-reviewed partnership practices. 
  • Process connections.
Initial findings of the ECCP Review
  • Lack of awareness of ECCP and its principles. 
  • Debate about the extent to mandate implementation. 
  • Emphasis should be on quality of implementation of partnership principle. 
  • Some suggestions for changes to principles text, suggestions for guidance to ‘give life’ to the document
  • Need for greater efforts to promote ongoing stakeholder involvement in Operational Programmes. 
  • Reporting on what is being done needs to be improved.
How you can partner… 
  • Collectively, consider the ECCP and discuss the underpinning principles. 
  • Explore your own partnership practice in this light – challenges, ‘what works’, making policy impact. 
  • What would you like to see in / as support to the ECCP 2021-2027? 

Make your recommendations to the network by Friday, 19th January

Contacts: Leda Stott, Thematic Expert – Partnership, lstott@telefonica.net and Ruth Pritchard (Ireland) ECCP Review Lead, rpritchard@pobal.ie

Further Information

Thematic Network on Partnership – website
Structured Dialogue with ESIF Partners 2014-2020 – website 

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