European projects with transnational partners are an effective tool that can harness the strengths, skills and resources of its members to achieve a common goal. By participating in European projects organisations can accrue both economic and social benefits including:
- The opportunity to share and learn from the experiences of others regions with similar problems to collaborate and find successful solutions for each region
- The development of good relationships with between people of different cultures
- Injecting fresh ideas and new life into groups and communities leading to the development of new activities and programmes.
Developing and implementing transnational projects takes time and financial commitments. Problems can arise during the formation and development of a partnership which include:
- Perceptions of the people and cultures of other regions
- Fear of the perceived loss of local identity, dilution of own culture particularly in a cross-border context
- Building relationships online as face to face meetings are more difficult to organise between partners in different regions
- Differences in how partners conduct their business including the administrative and legal structures within which they operate
- Managing funding and expenses in different currencies
Any partnership relies upon trust, tolerance and tenacity and while participation in a transnational or cross border project can be time consuming they can be more rewarding than any other type of project.