Regions interested in leading a partnership should commit to provide the necessary resources for initiating and coordinating the set-up and self-organisation of a partnership and to inspire a common strategy for at least two years. It is recommended that such lead regions put in place a partnership secretariat by nominating a coordinator and back-up(s) to ensure the coordination.
The role of lead regions will be to steer the communication and discussion between regions, and facilitate the involvement of stakeholders towards the development of high-quality investment projects. They have to ensure that this work remains open and inclusive to all interested EU regions and are encouraged to organise calls to invite additional regions to join the proposed thematic area.
Any European region can participate in more than one thematic area as a 'participating region'. In addition, lead regions can coordinate several thematic partnerships (areas) provided that they can support these with the necessary resources.
The European Commission will be able to support (upon resources availability) the selected partnerships during the different phases of their work through a number of existing and future EU activities.