Disregard for the partnership principle and neglect on the government’s part when it comes to the cohesion policy in 2007-2013 prompted the biggest employers’ and employees’ organizations in Poland to act together. This cooperation resulted in a document thanks to which EU money will end up where it is needed most. The White Book, created with the involvement of Employers of Poland, was presented at a conference with representatives of public administration, which took place on December 16th at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Development.
Cooperation between administration and social partners, from elaborating guidelines for a given financial perspective, through implementation and monitoring, to evaluating the system is a sine qua non condition of effectively implementing partnership principles, one of the fundamental principles of managing European Funds. Meanwhile, according to social partners, the attitude of public administration towards the partnership principle still leaves a lot to be desired. Representatives of employers and employees, as well as other partner organizations, still have a negligible impact on system management processes and program document consultation. What is more, public administration – contrary to European Commission recommendations – independently chooses not only cooperation areas, but groups of partners to participate in cohesion policy as well.
Authors of the Whte Book of Partnership Principles stress that i is a response to conclusions drawn from the manner in which the funds from, 2007-2013 were implemented and the marginal role player by social partners. Partners want to have more influence In the coming financial perspective. In their opinion, the realization of the 52 postulates presented in the document (34 of which are directed at public administration) would make it possible to design a better distribution system for EU funds.
Representatives of social partner place a lot of importance on works in Monitroing Committees, particularly on improving their effectiveness. Partners postulate a.o. establishing work patterns, adopting a new formula for reporting sittings, a decision-making system taking the partners’ proposition into account, as well as specifying budgets for partners’ activities and refinancing the costs of their work in Committees.
Director of the Departmant of Coordinating Strategies and Developent Policy at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Development Agnieszka Dawydzik presented the apllicatiion of the partnership principle at the stage of programming the spending of EU funds from the new perspective. She drew attention to the fact that the consultation process has been prolonged to four months. – We provided everyone with an opportunity to voice their opinion; we showed openness to good ideas and recommendations – said Director Dawydzik. She assured that the Ministry intended to facilitate the works of the Monitoring Committee.