In November 2012 the Platform of European Social NGOs sent an open letter to the Council, the European Parliament and the Commission supporting the proposal on the Partnership principle in the regulation on structural funds. The letter voiced concerns on a existing trend towards weakening participation of socio-economic and civil society in the cohesion policy and territorial development in Europe. The letter also called for a more effective involvement of public and private stakeholders.

On its response, the Commission highlighted the role of good governance of the partnership principle in achieving effective and efficient delivery of the funds and reaching objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy. Furthermore, the EU executive body underscored that good governance requires involvement of public authorities, economic and social patterns and civil society organisations at all territorial levels.

Additionally, progress was made in negotiations with the Parliament and the Council on the programming of the funds, including the European Code of Conduct.

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