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					TWINNING AND TAIEX IN AZERBAIJAN                                                                                                                                   N°6
                         A quarterly newsletter published by Implementation of Twinning and TAIEX Operations in Azerbaijan                                      July 2009



                                                                     T W IIN N IIN G N E W S
                                                                     TW NN NG NEWS

 STEERING COMMITTEE MEETINGS
 On the 7th of May 2009, the second Steering committee meeting of the EU-financed Twinning project “Strengthening
 of Standardization, Metrology, Conformity Assessment and Accreditation in State Standardization, Metrology and
 Patents Committee was held in Nabran, with the participation of the three Project Leaders, MS Experts,
 representatives of PAO and BA. As well, the third Steering Committee of EU-funded Twinning project “Support to the
 Improvement of Legal and Technical Aspects of Food Quality and Safety Assurance and Certification Requirements of
 Azerbaijani Fishery Products” for the State Office for Control of Consumer Market (SOCCM) under the Ministry of
 Economic Development, took place on 10 June 2009 in Baku, with the participation of all SC members. The meetings
 focused on discussion and evaluation of the project's last quarter implementation and discussed the plan for the next
 quarter.
 The next steering committee meetings for the projects in the field of norm and standards, and food safety are
 scheduled respectively on 3 August 2009 and 17 September 2009.
 The second and third SC meetings of the EU-financed Twinning project “Legal Approximation and Structural Reform in
 the Energy Sector of Azerbaijan” for the Ministry of Industry and Energy, took place on 27 April and 22 June 2009.

 TWINNING CONTRACTS NEGOTIATION
 The Anti-Corruption Department (ACD) with the Prosecutor General and Milli Majlis (Parliament) of the Republic of
 Azerbaijan, together with their respective Twinning partners have completed work on the detailed work-plan and
 budget for the projects "Support for Anti-Corruption Department with the Prosecutor General of the Republic of
 Azerbaijan” and on “Support to Milli Mejlis (Parliament) of the Republic of Azerbaijan”. As scheduled, the last drafts of
 the two Twinning Contracts that define the modalities of cooperation were submitted to the EC in June 2009 and
 notification of the Contracts released respectively on 24 and 27 July 2009.
 On 18-20 May 2009, the selected MS partner of the State Statistics Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan,
 representatives of German Federal Statistical Office in consortia with the National Statistical Institute of the Republic of
 Bulgaria as the Junior Member State partner, made their first visit to Baku to share the draft contract with the
 beneficiary administration for review and to draft the detailed work-plan and budget for the upcoming project on
 “Support to the State Statistical Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan (SSC) to reach European standards in
 National Accounts, Non-Observed Economy, Business Statistics and Producer Price Index”.
 On 16 June 2009 all stakeholders of the project received the first draft Twinning contract and detailed work-plan. As
 the next step, the contract is expected to signed in September 2009.

 UPDATE ON UPCOMING TWINNING PROJECTS
 In May 2009, the second draft Twinning Fiche for the reinforcement of policy-making and forecasting capacities of the
 Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Population for all issues linked with pension and social benefits, was
 finalised and validated by the beneficiary administration. The call for proposal for this project should be initiated by the
 European Commission Delegation to Azerbaijan in September 2009 in parallel with the re-circulation of Twinning Fiche
 "Preparing the National Bank of Azerbaijan to implement Basel II Accord" for the National Bank of the Republic of
 Azerbaijan, initiated on 20 October 2008, as the project has received no proposal from any Member State countries.
 In addition, a Twinning Light Project to support the enhancement of the capacity of the Ombudsman administration
 and the development of awareness of Human Rights and Discrimination should be as well circulated to the EU Member



This project is funded                          PAO, 10-th floor, Government House, 40, U. Hajibayov str., Baku, AZ1016, Azerbaijan                                  This project is
by the European Union                          Phone: (+994 12) 493 8867 (ext. 2115), Fax: (+994 12) 597 0786, website: www.twinning.az                        implemented by ECO
                              ITTO, 8th floor, Scientific-Research Institute of Ministry of Economic Development, 88A, Zardabi Ave.,Baku, AZ1012, Azerbaijan
                                                    Phone / Fax: (+994 12) 437 34 60 / (+994 12) 437 34 72, email: itto@azeurotel.com
                                    The views expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Commission
TWINNING AND TAIEX IN AZERBAIJAN                                                                                                                                   N°6
                         A quarterly newsletter published by Implementation of Twinning and TAIEX Operations in Azerbaijan                                      July 2009

 States National Contact Points. This will be the first Twinning Light Project among the ENP countries from the eastern
 region.
 The expert teams for development of the Twinning Fiche for the last projects to be financed from the ENPI 2007
 budget to “Improve and Enforce Legislation in Occupational Health and Safety”, for State Labour Inspectorate under
 the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Population of the Republic of Azerbaijan, and support to the Public
 Financial Control Service (PFCS) of the Ministry of Finance in further improvement of Public Internal Financial Control
 Capacity, started their mission in Baku on 26 June and 10 July, respectively.
 Also, the expert teams for development of the Twinning Fiches for following 3 projects to be financed from the ENPI
 2008 budget, have started their assignments in July 2009:
 (1) Support to the Ministry of Taxes for the introduction of an E-audit system;
 (2) Support to the Copyright Agency for Strengthening the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights;
 (3) Support for Strengthening Vocational Education in Azerbaijan (Ministry of Education).
 The expert teams for development of the Twinning Fiches for the following 2 projects to be financed from the ENPI
 2008 budget, will release their first mission in September – October 2009:
 (4) Support for the Identification and Registration of Animals within a Context of Institutional Strengthening of the
     State Veterinary Service;
 (5) Strengthening Support to Vulnerable Women and Children in Azerbaijan (State Committee on Family, Woman and
     Children).
 Twinning Fiches for these projects should be finalised in November 2009 allowing the call for proposals to be initiated
 before the end of 2009.

                                                                                   T A IIE X
                                                                                   TA EX
 TAIEX ACTIVITIES
 The first TAIEX expert mission took place on 8-9 June 2009 at the request of the Ministry of Taxes. The main aim of
 the mission was to assist the Ministry of Taxes in their efforts to modernize the national tax system in compliance with
 general EU principles, within the relevant priority of the ENP Action Plan between the EU and Azerbaijan.
 The senior employees of the Central Employment Department of the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of
 Population, participated in a Study Tour to Bulgaria from 13 until 17 May 2009. The aim of the visit was to familiarize
 themselves with the EU best practice in the Development of Employment Provision System.
 Besides, the EC approved a request to carry out a workshop on “Legislation and work experience of the EU countries
 in the sphere of registration and encoding of chemical products during their export and import”, formulated by the
 State Oil Company of Azerbaijan.
 It should be noted that since mid-2007, 11 requests out of 38 initiated by the Azerbaijani public administrations, have
 been approved by the EC, amongst them of 7 requests have been successfully implemented: 1 Expert mission request,
 4 study visit requests and 2 workshops.
 Furthermore, representatives of Azerbaijani beneficiary administrations participated in 8 International Workshops and
 conferences initiated by EC.
 The most active Azerbaijani institutions requesting TAIEX assistance are the Ministry of Economic Development and
 the Ministry of Transport, with six applications, Ministry of Agriculture, with five, and the Ministry of Labour and Social
 Protection of Population, with four.




This project is funded                          PAO, 10-th floor, Government House, 40, U. Hajibayov str., Baku, AZ1016, Azerbaijan                                  This project is
by the European Union                          Phone: (+994 12) 493 8867 (ext. 2115), Fax: (+994 12) 597 0786, website: www.twinning.az                        implemented by ECO
                              ITTO, 8th floor, Scientific-Research Institute of Ministry of Economic Development, 88A, Zardabi Ave.,Baku, AZ1012, Azerbaijan
                                                    Phone / Fax: (+994 12) 437 34 60 / (+994 12) 437 34 72, email: itto@azeurotel.com
                                    The views expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Commission
TWINNING AND TAIEX IN AZERBAIJAN                                                                                                                                   N°6
                         A quarterly newsletter published by Implementation of Twinning and TAIEX Operations in Azerbaijan                                      July 2009

                                                                                  S IIG M A
                                                                                  S GMA
 FIRST EU SIGMA WORKSHOP IN AZERBAIJAN
                                 The workshop focusing on Performance Appraisal of Civil Servants was conducted at
                                 Ambassador hotel on 24 June 2009 for the representatives of the corresponding
                                 beneficiary administrations. The chairman of the Civil Service Commission under the
                                 President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, head of the Personnel Policy Division of the
                                 Administration of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, and a representative of
                                 the EC delegation addressed to the participants. The key-notes on current situation
                                 and reform challenges from the corresponding structures of Azerbaijan, Lithuania and
                                 Moldova were introduced. The international consultants and the Principal
 Administrators of SIGMA made a speech on the Civil Service Performance Evaluation tools and methods, and
 experiences of EU countries in Public Service.

                                                               P A O //IIT T O A C T IIV IIT IIE S
                                                               PAO TTO ACT V T ES
 PAO DIRECTOR PARTICIPATED AT THE RTA TRAINING COURSE IN BELGIUM
 Director of the Programme Administration Office (PAO) of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr Asgar Alakbarov participated
 at the 3rd Resident Twinning Advisers (RTA) Training Course for countries in Belgium, upon the invitation of the EC on
 23-24 April 2009. 22 RTAs of Twinning Projects in Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Moldova, Ukraine and as well as
 Azerbaijan, attended the training.
 On the second day of the training, Mr Alakbarov made a presentation on Implementation of Twinning, TAIEX and
 SIGMA in Azerbaijan: State of play.


 PAO DIRECTOR PARTICIPATED IN THE TWINNING LAUNCHING CONFERENCE IN ALGERIA
 At the occasion of the launch of the twinning support programme within the Association Agreement on
 11-13 May 2009, and at the invitation of the Algerian authorities, the PAO Director, Mr Asgar
 Alakbarov, shared the experience on institutional Twinning and TAIEX operations explaining the best
 practices introduced in Azerbaijan.

 WORKSHOP FOR FOCAL POINTS
 On 3 June 2009, the first workshop for the focal points who had been
 appointed as the coordinators of Twinning, TAIEX and SIGMA operations in their
 respective administrations, was held. It was the last in a series of workshop to
 be conducted in the framework of the EU funded ITTO project. The aim of
 the event was to set up closer contacts between main actors of EU
 assistance tools such as Twinning, TAIEX and SIGMA in Azerbaijan and
 explain them how they can benefit from the tools, role of PAO, ECD in
 Azerbaijan and their roles in implementation process. In addition, the
 focal points have been trained on how to use the website “Twinning and TAIEX in Azerbaijan” and built
 in MIS to apply for Twinning projects and TAIEX events and follow up their implementation via internet
 from remote computer.




This project is funded                          PAO, 10-th floor, Government House, 40, U. Hajibayov str., Baku, AZ1016, Azerbaijan                                  This project is
by the European Union                          Phone: (+994 12) 493 8867 (ext. 2115), Fax: (+994 12) 597 0786, website: www.twinning.az                        implemented by ECO
                              ITTO, 8th floor, Scientific-Research Institute of Ministry of Economic Development, 88A, Zardabi Ave.,Baku, AZ1012, Azerbaijan
                                                    Phone / Fax: (+994 12) 437 34 60 / (+994 12) 437 34 72, email: itto@azeurotel.com
                                    The views expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Commission
TWINNING AND TAIEX IN AZERBAIJAN                                                                                                                                   N°6
                         A quarterly newsletter published by Implementation of Twinning and TAIEX Operations in Azerbaijan                                      July 2009


 STUDY TOUR TO TURKEY
                                                  On 13-16 April 2009, a study visit took place in Turkey, in the framework of
                                                  the EU funded ITTO project. The PAO/ITTO team, together with the newly
                                                  appointed two Focal Points from the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of
                                                  Labour and Social Protection of Population participated in the study visit.
                                                  The tour was designed to strengthen the institutional capacity of
                                                  implementation of EU assistance tools such as Twinning, TAIEX and SIGMA
                                                  in Azerbaijan and to share the best practices of Turkey in programming,
                                                  implementation and monitoring of Twinning procedures.
 Moreover, Azerbaijani delegation had meeting in the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Labour and
 Social Security, which had already benefited from Twinning Projects.

                                                          PAO SUPPORT PROJECT
                                                          PAO SUPPORT PROJECT
 The current newsletter is the last, produced in the framework of the project                                                                     “Implementation of
 Twinning and TAIEX Operations in Azerbaijan ” (ITTO).
 We extend our cordial thanks to colleagues from the Azerbaijani administrations with whom we
 delopped during these two last years a deep and fruitful cooperation.
 The project on “Implementation of Twinning, TAIEX and SIGMA Operations in Azerbaijan”, a new phase
 of support to the PAO and Implementation of Twinning, TAIEX and SIGMA Opeerations in Azerbaijan
 will start in September 2009.




This project is funded                          PAO, 10-th floor, Government House, 40, U. Hajibayov str., Baku, AZ1016, Azerbaijan                                  This project is
by the European Union                          Phone: (+994 12) 493 8867 (ext. 2115), Fax: (+994 12) 597 0786, website: www.twinning.az                        implemented by ECO
                              ITTO, 8th floor, Scientific-Research Institute of Ministry of Economic Development, 88A, Zardabi Ave.,Baku, AZ1012, Azerbaijan
                                                    Phone / Fax: (+994 12) 437 34 60 / (+994 12) 437 34 72, email: itto@azeurotel.com
                                    The views expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Commission

				
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