Working Better Together as Team Europe

Through joint programming and joint implementation


A tool to help EU Delegations work better together with Member States as Team Europe and with like-minded partners and country stakeholders, through joint programming and implementation.


The objective of this guidance is to facilitate the working better together approach,outlining good practices and providing advice on how to implement joint programming and joint implementation,as agreed by the EU and its Member States. It updates and replaces the existing Joint Programming Guidance 2018,incorporating recommendations from joint programming and joint implementation practitioners, and introducing the concept of TeamEurope.It also includes practices and approaches associated with the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, notably the outreach of joint programming, the focus on shared results frameworks and on development partnerships,as well as a more comprehensive section on joint implementation. This guidance sets the policy context for Team Europe to work better together while emphasising the voluntary,flexible and country-driven nature of joint programming processes.It is not intended to be prescriptive,but rather allows for colleagues working at country level to innovate and adopt pragmatic approaches that are suited to their specific objectives, capacities and resources.

The document is presented in four sections. The first section provides an overview of the policy context, the expected benefits of working better together through joint programming and joint implementation and key lessons from experience to date, as well as an introduction to Team Europe.Section 2 provides practical guidance on establishing a joint programming process and introduces joint results frameworks. Section 3 focuses on joint implementation. Finally, section 4 provides advice and guidance on consultation,partnership dialogue and communications, which are of great importance across all stages of a joint programming process.

Sections 2, 3 and 4 provide practical support with:

  1. a brief introduction / quick guide;
  2. a range of suggested activities to help structure work at country level;
  3. examples from other countries to help provide inspiration for country-level solutions;
  4. links to relevant annexes;
  5. a short overview of the role of headquarters.


Each section or chapter may be used separately to fulfil a specific need for guidance, which means there may be some overlap between the different parts of the document.

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