Call for Proposals VP/2012/005 is on-line!


Dear colleagues,

the Call for Proposals VP/2012/005 (Reinforce learning networks for a more effective implementation of transnational actions under the ESF 2007-2013) has been officially announced and is made avaiable online here.

The deadline for the proposal submission is on September 14, 2012.

COP recommendations included in the "EC staff working document on the elements for a European Code of Conduct on Partnership."


Dear colleagues,

it’s our pleasure to share with you the "EC staff working document on the elements for a European Code of Conduct on Partnership" issued on 24 April 2012. This document has been drawn up on the basis of the proposals for regulations adopted by the European Commission on 6 October 2011, 12 October 2011 and 2 December 2011 and refers to our COP on Partnership in the ESF not only once. Many suggestions provided by our Learning Network are also integrated in this working document.

Thank you for your active involvement in filling the targets of our COP – it would not be feasible without you.

6th Newsletter of the Learning Network on Transnational Cooperation in ESF informs about major outcomes of "our" COP


The 6th newsletter of the "Learning Network on Transnational Cooperation in ESF," including a summary on the latest developments and upcoming activities of all Learning Networks (LNs), was published by the lead partner of the Network (Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs in the Czech Republic) at the end of March 2012.

Next to information from other LNs, the newsletter informed about the outcomes from our closing conference “Partnerships: Opportunities and Challenges” held in Vienna, Austria on 11 - 12 October 2011 as well as about publishing the final product of the "COP on Partnership in the ESF," the Partnership Learning Manual.

COP Partnership Learning Manual


We are happy to inform you about the finalisation of the core output of the COP on Partnerships in the ESF: the "Partnership Learning Manual".

The Partnership Learning Manual comprises all lessons learnt gathered within the last 3 years of the transnational learning partnership process. It assist Managing Authorities and other programme managers in further design and development of partnership approaches.

Thank you to all of you who contributed to this valuable publication!

EU Cohesion Policy 2014-2020: Legislative proposals


The European Commission has adopted a draft legislative package which will frame cohesion policy for 2014-2020. The new proposals are designed to reinforce the strategic dimension of the policy and to ensure that EU investment is targeted on Europe's long-term goals for growth and jobs ("Europe 2020").

Through Partnership Contracts agreed with the Commission, Member States will commit to focussing on fewer investment priorities in line with these objectives. The package also harmonises the rules related to different funds, including rural development and maritime and fisheries, to increase the coherence of EU action.

For press release and more information on new proposals for Regulations please visit EC Regional Policy-Inforegio.

Gender CoP


The European Community of Practice on Gender Mainstreaming is glad to present the position paper on Gender Mainstreaming in the next funding period of the Structural Funds!

Find the full-text version here:

Through this position paper, the European Community of Practice on Gender Mainstreaming (Gender-CoP), asks the European Parliament, the EU Commission and the Member States to coherently anchor gender equality and gender mainstreaming in the preparatory work for the next Structural Funds period.

Please contact the Secretariat of Gender-CoP if you have any questions:

"COP on Partnership in the ESF" presented at the 7th OECD LEED Forum (10 March 2011, Vienna, Austria)


The “Community of Practice on Partnership in the ESF” was presented as one of 15 selected initiatives/projects at the Networking Session: Local Initiatives for Skills, Jobs, Social Inclusion and Economic Development, which was held in the frame of the 7th Annual Meeting of the OECD LEED Forum on Partnerships and Local Governance (Vienna, Austria, 10 March 2011). The session was open to all participants of the meeting and provided excellent opportunity to exchange knowledge with peers and establish professional networks and contacts. The “COP table” was visited by a number of participants coming from Poland, Latvia, Luxembourg, Germany, United Kingdom, Hungary, Portugal and Sweden who received information about the network implementation, main activities as well as information about key milestones of 2011: the International Partnership Conference and the Partnership Learning Manual.

Networking Session on 7th OECD LEED Forum Meeting


Dear COP members,

We would like to draw your attention to the networking session on "Local Initiatives for Skills, Jobs, Social Inclusion and Economic Development" held on 10 March 2011 during the 7th Annual Meeting of the OECD LEED Forum on Partnership and Local Governance (12am - 1 pm).

This session will provide an excellent opportunity for all participants to exchange knowledge with peers and establish professional networks and contacts. A series of short interactive sessions will be organised featuring discussions around selected presentations of innovative initiatives and other topics of interest to partnership practitioners.

Should you wish to present your project/initiative in this networking session, please return the project template to Petra Moser ( no later than 14th February, 2011.

Thank you very much!

"I need you to push member states on territorial pacts"


Dear COP members,

Addressing Committee of the Regions (CoR) members Wednesday afternoon in Brussels, Commission President José Manuel Barroso supported a greater role for regions and cities in achieving EU goals. Mr. Barroso said he would push member states to involve regional and local authorities through "territorial pacts".

Please follow this link to read the press release of the European Commission published on 02. December 2010.

COP added value


Dear COP members,

Please find here a summary of benefits and added value of the Community of Practice on Partnership in the ESF.

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