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TAIEX and Twinning

TAIEX                                                                                

Technical Assistance Information Exchange Office [TAIEX] of the  European Commission DG Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations

TAIEX is a Commission Office and is part of the Directorate-General Neighborhood and Enlargement Negotiations of the European Commission. It was set up in 1996.

The TAIEX mandate to provide assistance covers:

     Turkey, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia; Montenegro, Serbia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo*;
     Turkish Cypriot community in the northern part of Cyprus;
     Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia and Ukraine.
     All countries covered by the Partnership Instrument 
     EU Member States in the framework of the administrative cooperation within the policies managed by DG for Regional and Urban Policy


TAIEX works on a demand driven basis and aims to transfer tailor-made expertise drawn from officials in all public and semi-public bodies from the older Member States to their counterparts in the Beneficiary Countries in all fields relevant to the Acquis at a short notice.


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Services

The most popular services provided by TAIEX are:


     Expertise:  Short term mobilisation of experts from the ‘old’ Member States to the Beneficiary Countries in order to provide advice on legislative acts and interpretation of the acquis, as well as guidance on administrative arrangements for its implementation and enforcement.

     Study Visits: Officials from Beneficiary Countries are provided with the opportunity to understand how Member States tackle practical issues related to the implementation and enforcement of the acquis and issues related to the interaction with stakeholders.

     Seminars & Workshops: Targeted to a wider audience, seminars and workshops deal with needs and challenges experienced in an individual BC or shared by a number of Beneficiary Countries.  The multi-country format also provides an excellent opportunity for networking and exchanging of experience between Beneficiary Countries. In principle, all activities supported by the TAIEX office are around one week long.


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Matching experts with needs

Public officials of EU Member States with expertise relevant to TAIEX beneficiaries can register as TAIEX experts. TAIEX experts can be invited as speakers to seminars, workshops, expert missions or to host study visits matching their specific profile.

TAIEX relies on a network of contact points at the level of national public institutions implementing or enforcing EU legislation. Contact points help TAIEX identify suitable experts within their respective ministries or agencies, depending on the request.

Interested officials can register as institutional contact points.

Further information can be found on the official TAIEX page: https://ec.europa.eu/neighbourhood-enlargement/tenders/taiex_en


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TAIEX Testimonials

The following link provides a list of testimonials who benefitted from TAIEX.


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EU Twinning and Twinning ‘Light’ projects

Twinning projects (https://ec.europa.eu/neighbourhood-enlargement/tenders/twinning_en) bring together public sector expertise from EU Member States and beneficiary countries with the aim of achieving concrete mandatory operational results through peer to peer activities. Twinning is not a one-way technical assistance instrument but a shared commitment and relies on learning by doing principle and sharing of best practices.

The beneficiaries include: IPA countries - Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia1, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo2, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey; and ENP countries - Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.

Two (2) Project Leaders (one on behalf of the EU MS leading the project and the other of the beneficiary administration) and a Resident Twinning Adviser (RTA) are the backbone of Twinning projects. The RTA is seconded to the beneficiary administration for a minimum of 12 months and up to 36 months throughout the entire duration of the implementation period of the Action and coordinates the project's activities. "Twinning Light" is designed to offer a more flexible, mid-term approach (up to six months, in exceptional cases can be extended to eight months) without the presence of an RTA.

MS National Contact Points

Each MS shall appoint a National Contact Point for Twinning (MS NCP), who acts as a single counterpart with regard to all general issues related to the deployment of Twinning. The MS NCP has an important role in the promotion, development and co-ordination of Twinning activities. Inter alia, the MS
NCP is expected to: 

     Channel Fiches and information to the pertinent MS ministries and other relevant administrative bodies, advising on the preparation of proposals for Twinning projects and the subsequent contracts;
     Support MS institutions to remove possible administrative obstacles to the smooth implementation of projects;
     Assist in case of difficulties in the negotiation of consortium agreements between MS; 
     Review and submit Twinning project proposals prepared by the MS alone or as lead partner of a consortium; 
     Attend meetings organised by the Commission for PC NCP and MS NCP;
     Review content of the self-declaration, certifying accuracy and veracity of information provided, confirm eligibility to mandated body status and submit to the Twinning Coordination Team requests for the registration of mandated bodies.

Each MS communicates to the Twinning Coordination Team the name and contact details of the MS NCP, signalling any replacement in the function. The Twinning Coordination Team publishes the list of MS NCP on the Twinning website.
For all practical and comprehensive information regarding the preparation and implementation of Twinning projects, please consult the Twinning Manual and annexes on:

http://ec.europa.eu/enlargement/pdf/financial_assistance/institution_building/2012/manual_may_2012.pdf and http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/sites/devco/files/twinning-manual-2012-update-2013-2014-annexes-20140910.pdf

Documents

 

     Twinning ​Manual​


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  Circulars

     1/2017 - Sharing of Knowledge & Expertise - Participation of Government Ministries in Twinning, Twinning 'light' projects and TAIEX


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 ​​​​For any queries, kindly contact the Coordination Unit, Funds and Programmes Division on taiex@gov.mt

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