European Community of Practice on Partnership



Anette Scoppetta

Leda Stott, Partnership Expert


The EU funds, encompassed under the Common Provisions Regulation 2021/1060 (“the CPR funds”) and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) are implemented under shared management. Shared management is perceived as best tailored to achieve policy objectives in different national and regional institutional environments.

The Partnership Principle is one of the main principles of programming and implementation of cohesion policy, recognised in the legislative framework. The provisions on partnership were strengthened with the establishment of the European Code of Conduct on Partnership, which was adopted as Delegated Commission Regulation no. 240/2014. Article 18 of this regulation foresaw the creation of a community of practice on partnership to exchange good practices.

Building on a positive experience of 2014-2020 precedent forum, the European Commission establishes a group of experts as the European Community of Practice on Partnership (ECoPP) for the 2021-2027 programming period. The community will involve managing authorities as well as other representatives of regional/local and other public authorities, economic, social and civil society partners, including NGOs and research institutes.


The ECoPP tasks shall be to:
(a) Facilitate exchange of experience with partnership;
(b) Stimulate capacity building;
(c) Disseminate relevant outcomes, in particular good practice and innovative approaches;
(d) Review the existing European Code of Conduct and prepare proposals for its update for the 2021-2027 period.

The ECoPP will involve several DGs of the European Commission, not only those under the CPR, but also the EAFRD that used to be part of European Structural and Investment Funds and now functions independently, but still recognises the partnership as a basic principle.

Leda Stott and Anette Scoppetta act as experts for the European Commission for the ECoPP.


Task 1: Support the strategic orientation and coordination of the ECoPP

Task 2: Support for organising and facilitating ECoPP meetings

Task 3: Support for organising and facilitating ECoPP subgroup meetings

Task 4: the preparation of ECoPP deliverables

Task 5: Support the exchange and dissemination of good and transferable practices, as well as key recommendations and proposals, emerging from the ECoPP.

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