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Principles on their Establishment and Operation
Within the European Union (EU)
Recalling (1) that direct
and meaningful consultation with people, partnership between
all sectors of society, consensus, transparency, institutional
openness, and political accountability, are essential elements
in Social Wellbeing - a Social Partnership
is a collective of groups and individuals, i.e. the social
partners, business, industry, civil society and experts, which
acts as a 'catalyst' in enhancing and broadening implementation
in an area of human and/or social policy. Set out below are
a number of guideline principles which should be actively
considered as a basis for their establishment and operation
within the European Union ........
Aim, Agenda & Objectives of a Social Partnership
Although of a voluntary and self-organizing nature, specific
commitments should be made by partnership participants to co-operate
together around a common aim, agenda, and a set of objectives
with targets ; these core elements should evolve over time.
for International Law, Peace & European Values
A respect for International Law, Peace and European Values -
Human Dignity, Human & Social Rights, Equal Opportunity,
Social Justice & Solidarity, Sustainable Human & Social
Development - should underpin all partnership activities.
Co-Ordination of Activities
latent social capacity for translating policy into tangible
results, partnerships should act in accordance with E.U. Law
; they are supplementary to, and not a surrogate for, Institutional
competences at Union, Member State, regional and local levels.
Integration of Outcomes
Partnerships should coherently integrate 'social', 'economic',
'environmental', 'institutional' and 'political' aspects of
Sustainable Human & Social Development in all outcomes.
& Multi-Disciplinary Participation (2)
Partnerships should adopt a widely multi-sectoral and multi-disciplinary
approach, and should proactively involve significant actors
within the boundary of its remit - in order to more readily
achieve a 'balanced' horizontal integration, and a timely realization,
Transparency & Accountability (2)
Partnerships should be operated in an open, transparent and
accountable manner - and in good faith, so that ownership of
the partnership process and its outcomes are shared equally
by all participants ; its activities should be accessible to
& Coherence (2)
Partnership performance, outcome coherence and implementation
effectiveness should be regularly reviewed against objectives,
targets, and overall impact on the common aim.
Funding arrangements for partnerships should be clearly identified,
should not give rise to conflicts of interest, and should be
accessible to the public.
Efforts should be made by participants to retain a spirit of
freshness and self-renewal in a partnership ; new participants
should be welcomed, and research given a high priority.
& Future Growth
The operation of a partnership is an iterative process ; precise
and accurate feedback from outcome implementation is essential
for its progress and future growth.
See Appendix II of the European
Charter on Sustainable Design & Construction (as updated),
originally adopted in Dublin on 6th November 1998
(2) See also EU Commission Communication COM(2002)
704 final - Brussels 2002-12-11
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