Aims and structure of the partnership

Aim and Vision of the European Partnership

  • The European Partnership aims to mainstream an integrated approach to foster sustainable development in European cities and regions.
  • The European Partnership serves cities and regions that are aiming at sustainable growth and thus require new skills and capacities.
  • The European Partnership focuses on developing common capacity building services through National Training Hubs for local and regional authorities with a special focus on an Integrated Management System (IMS) for Sustainability.
  • The European Partnership aims at identifying synergies between different initiatives and projects on sustainability and climate change.

Structure of the European Partnership

The European Partnership consists of several National Training Hubs in different countries throughout the EU-27. These National Training Hubs are made up by either one or several organisations that are capable of giving trainings to cities or regions.

By promoting and developing mutual learning possibilities and exchange of experiences between the member organisations, the Partnership supports them in organising training programmes and awareness raising on the national level.
Cities or regions are generally not part of the National Training Hubs, but rather considered their clients. In addition, the Hubs help avoiding duplication of work and create synergies. Capacity building and dissemination are facilitated by the National Training Hubs in each EU member state.

Through the platform of the European Partnership, guide books, training materials and other capacity building materials can be shared.

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Role of National Training Hubs

  • They represent the partnership on the national level.
  • They train cities as well as trainers to implement and mainstream IMS and EU sustainability policies.

Role of other partner organisations:

  • They are willing to support the mainstreaming of EU sustainability policies and integrated management.
  • Examples: universities, consultancies, networks, research institutes etc.
  • They can also become part of the National Training Hubs.

Role of cities and regions

  • They are clients of the National Training Hubs.
  • They can be partners in case they wish to, but it is not the main focus.