Watching Wallonia: or what STPs can learn about team working

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Sustainability and transformation plans are here to stay, despite the many problems that have accompanied their birth.

The task now is to strengthen their governance and leadership as well as to build capacity and capability for implementation. This means finding a way of STP partners taking decisions together while also being held to account for their own performance.

The recently agreed trade deal between the EU and Canada illustrates the challenges of marrying collective action with the sovereignty of partners. The deal was almost scuppered because of objections from Wallonia, the French speaking region of Belgium, even though it was supported by all other members of the EU. This happened because the governance of the EU requires agreement by all member states before a trade deal can be signed.

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