Neighbourhood Countries Russia new beneficiaries of the TAIEX by ANejman


Twinning Launching Workshop

Implementation of the
TAIEX Instrument in the
Neighbouring Countries

Olivier Vanhoenacker, Multi-Country Programmes

Tbilisi, 29th & 30th November 2007
Extension Of TAIEX To The NC                                 EuropeAid

• Set up in 1996 by the European Commission to support the
  faster implementation of the EU acquis in the Candidate
  Countries – compulsory transposition

• 2006: Gradual extension to the Neighbourhood Countries
  (NC – Directive 2006/62/EC, 23.01.2006) to foster the EU
  acquis approximation – voluntary shared norms

• Extension supported by a TAIEX National Contact Point
  (NCP) within the Programme Administration Office (PAO –
  wherever it exists) also NCP for Twinning
PAOs Are Set Up In 11 NC:                          EuropeAid

NCPs For Twinning & NCPs For TAIEX
PAOs: experience of the implementation
of the Twinning Projects in ENP Countries

 in close collaboration with the EC Delegations
   and the Unit AIDCO/A6 (Twinning & TAIEX)
 already financed by the EC

 PAOs become NCPs for the TAIEX instrument
 In the countries with no PAO, TAIEX NCP
  is designated by the National Coordinator
TAIEX NCPs within the PAOs – East            EuropeAid

Armenia    Mr Hrayr Gyonjyan
Azerbaijan Mr Asgar Alakbarov
Georgia    Mr Roman Kakulia
Moldova    Mrs Tatiana Udrea
Russia     Mrs Elena Kolerova
Ukraine    Mr Andriy Vyshnevsky
TAIEX NCPs within the PAOs – South        EuropeAid

Egypt     Mrs Injie Kotb

Israel    Mr Raphael Morav

Jordan    Mr Marwan Al-Refai

Lebanon   Mrs Maha Siblini

Morocco   Mr Mohamed Doubi-Kadmiri

Tunisia   Mrs Nawele Ben Romdhane Dhrif

What Is TAIEX?                                                    EuropeAid

Technical Assistance Information Exchange

On the basis of requests from
   the Beneficiary Countries (BC)
TAIEX provides

 short-term assistance
     Duration of TAIEX missions: usually 1 to 5 days maximum

 reactive assistance
     Simple procedures allow to have the requested services in
      place in 5 to 6 weeks minimum
TAIEX Synergies                                          EuropeAid

TAIEX is an instrument for Institution
 Building, additional and complementary

 to Technical Assistance
  (short, medium or long-term private assistance)

 to Twinning Projects
  (long-term public expertise assistance)

• TAIEX: short-term public assistance is used
  to deal with accurate, focused and targeted requests
TAIEX Beneficiaries             EuropeAid

 Public Administration

 Public Agencies

 Private sector Associations

 Social Partners
TAIEX Specificities                       EuropeAid

 TAIEX missions are financed
  through a centralised budget
   – TAIEX missions are NOT financed
     by a bilateral budget

 TAIEX missions are implemented
  by an EC-recruited provider: GTZ
   – TAIEX missions are NOT implemented
     by BC or by ECD
Types Of The NC-TAIEX Assistance                                                     EuropeAid

 Expert missions in BC
     To provide guidance on legislative projects and on the functioning of the
      administrative process, to advise on legislative acts and on their implementation,
      to explain the EU acquis, to present examples of good practices...

 Workshops – Seminars in BC
     To present and explain EU acquis-related issues to a large audience (selected by
      the BC) within the same country or to several countries concerning the same

 Study visits in MS
     To allow Officials from a BC to understand how Member States deal with practical
      issues related to the implementation and enforcement of the EU acquis
Examples Of TAIEX Events from Georgia                                                     EuropeAid

TAIEX         requested by    on                dates             location    audience

(Spanish)     Ministry of     Combating         22-24.10.2007     Tbilisi     MEPNR of
Expert        Environmental   Land                                            Georgia,
Mission       Protection &    Degradation &                                   NGOs
              Natural         Desertification
(Regional)    National        Drug              29-30.03.2007     Tbilisi     attendees from
Workshop      Security        Trafficking &                                   Armenia,
              Council of      Terrorism                                       Azerbaijan,
              Georgia                                                         Georgia,
                                                                              Russia, Israel
                                                                              and Turkey
Study Visit   Parliament of   EU Legislation    January 2008      Member      Committee of
              Georgia         on Migration      (request          State       European
                              Policy            currently under   to be       Integration of
                                                                  confirmed   Georgia
Types Of The NC-TAIEX Assistance                             EuropeAid

 Expert missions in BC (max. 1-week duration)
   – Limited to maximum 1-2 TAIEX experts
   – TAIEX covers all logistic costs for the experts
      (transportation, accommodation…)

 Study visits in MS (max. 1-week duration)
   – Limited to maximum 3 TAIEX beneficiaries
   – TAIEX covers all logistic costs for the beneficiaries
      (transportation, accommodation…)
   – TAIEX does not cover costs for the host institution*
Origin Of TAIEX Requests                    EuropeAid

Requests of TAIEX missions are originated

 by Public Administrations
  of Beneficiary Countries

   or are proposed
 by Services of the European Commission
     Nb of TAIEX requests originated by NC&R                                                                                     EuropeAid

     or initiated by EC-DGs: 2006-07 (31.10.2007)







     Jun.   Jul.   Aug.   Sept.   Oct.   Nov.   Dec.-06 Jan.-07   Feb.   Mar.   Apr.   May   Jun.   Jul.   Aug.   Sept.   Oct.
             Nb of invitations for NC&R                       EuropeAid

             to TAIEX events: 2006-07 (31.10.2007)


             0   10   20   30   40   50   60   70   80   90
Sectors of TAIEX requests from NC&R:                                                   EuropeAid

2006-07 (31.10.2007)

                     Telecom                        Internal Market
               Energy 4%                            & Social Affairs
                 6%                                       18%


                                                                       Agriculture &
     Trade &

                      Competition            Justice, Liberty
                      & Customs                & Security
                         12%                       14%
     Types of TAIEX requests from NC&R:              EuropeAid
     2006-07 (31.10.2007)






JO                                                     WSP





     0   5   10   15   20   25   30   35   40   45
TAIEX Requests                                             EuropeAid

   TAIEX requests are sent to the TAIEX NCP:
   PAO or NCP appointed by the National Coordinator

1) examines content and provides further information
2) transmits requests to the ECD-Contact Person for visa
3) forwards requests to the EC:
   at the same time to ELARG/D4 and AIDCO/A6
   – from the TAIEX Website –
      where the on-line application forms can be found
   – by fax on headed-paper: +
      (or to send the on-line application forms)
   – by e-mail to:
Reception Of TAIEX Requests                     EuropeAid


• receive the TAIEX requests at the same time

• verify that the requests come from the TAIEX NCP
  with the EC Delegation Contact Person visa
Reception Of TAIEX Requests:                                EuropeAid

Important Remarks
 In case TAIEX requests do NOT come from the PAO,
  ELARG/D4 & AIDCO/A6 send them back to the
  TAIEX NCP for agreement

 In case the TAIEX request is an EC suggestion,
  TAIEX NCP in PAO and CP in ECD have to verify
  that the request is a result of a previous coordination
  with the relevant Public Administration in the BC
Assessment Of TAIEX Requests                    EuropeAid

 Each TAIEX request previously approved
 by the TAIEX NCP and the ECD-CP

 is then analysed, within 1 to 2 weeks, by:

 ELARG/D4 for feasibility and
  coherence with the EU-acquis

 AIDCO/A6 for coherence with Action Plans or
  National Indicative Programmes (NIP)
Decisions On TAIEX Requests                             EuropeAid

 If the outcome is negative, ELARG/D4
   – informs the TAIEX NCP explaining the refusal

 If the decision is positive, ELARG/D4
   – informs the TAIEX NCP
   – inserts a specific event into the TAIEX database
   – attributes a specific TAIEX code number to this event
TAIEX Rejections NC&R 2006-2007                            EuropeAid

16% of the assessed TAIEX requests
        (Study Visits: 53%)

• Overlapping with Twinning Projects (matter, timing)
• Too weak relation with the acquis
• Private technical assistance
• Batch of applications
• Redundancy of TAIEX requests (same issue, different types)
• Call for a TAIEX financing to join non-TAIEX events
Internal TAIEX Consultation                       EuropeAid

If ELARG/D4 & AIDCO/A6 agree with the request
ELARG/D4 launches its 5 working days consultation

 towards DG RELEX (External Relations)

 towards competent line DG(s)

• During the consultation stage,
  AIDCO/A6 provides any necessary contributions
Preparation & Launching Of The                                                    EuropeAid

 In the absence of negative comments, the Delegated
 Entity (GTZ) executes mandate from ELARG/D4 and
 ensures the event takes place according to instructions
 ELARG/D4 is responsible for the content of the
  TAIEX event in close collaboration with AIDCO/A6:
   invitations, agenda including location and venue
   identification of experts, contacts with the beneficiary

 GTZ is responsible for all logistic arrangements:
   catering, interpretation, equipment, venue requirements, flights, accommodation…

   •   During the preparation and launching stages,
       AIDCO/A6 provides any necessary contributions
TAIEX Experts Selection                                   EuropeAid

 TAIEX experts are selected by ELARG/D4
  – Civil servants (active or retired)
     from Member States Public Administration
   – EC-Officials (active or retired)

 In the framework of its request, the BC could suggest
  some experts to fulfil the TAIEX mission in order to
  constitute networks and to reinforce cooperation with
  Member States
Payment Of TAIEX Experts                                        EuropeAid

On TAIEX centralised budget
 TAIEX experts, MS civil servants, receive DSA + FAA
   + DSA: Daily Subsistence Allowance
     per-diem minus cost of hotel accommodation and breakfast
   + FAA: Fixed Additional Allowance
     per working and travel day (250 €*)
   + Travel costs are covered by TAIEX

     – Active EC-Officials are not paid from the TAIEX budget
     – Under special circumstances, accommodation costs could
       be covered for TAIEX participants in BC
     – TAIEX NCPs are not paid from the TAIEX budget
Evaluation Of TAIEX Events                     EuropeAid

 Each BC participant makes an evaluation
  of the TAIEX event through a questionnaire
  systematically distributed by ELARG/D4

 One of the TAIEX experts evaluates the
  interventions of the other TAIEX experts

 Evaluation is made by ELARG/D4
  to improve the TAIEX instrument
NC-TAIEX Project Cycle                                                  EuropeAid

• Agreed between DGs AIDCO, ELARG & RELEX

• Managed by the Units AIDCO/A6 & ELARG/D4
   •   To implement the TAIEX instrument in the Neighbourhood
       Countries and in Russia
   •   To achieve objectives defined by the BC

• An adapted procedure in BC and within the EC
  for requesting TAIEX in Neighbourhood Countries
   •   To guarantee synergies with the other activities
   •   To avoid overlapping
   •   In the respect of the priorities defined by BC (approximation)
TAIEX & Twinning in NC&R                           EuropeAid
(Public Expertise)

TAIEX could be used:

  o   To   improve the public administration
  o   To   approximate the EU acquis
  o   To   achieve the priorities of the NC&R
  o   To   identify issues for Twinning Projects

  o   To reinforce networks between
         NC&R and EU-Member States
  o   To strengthen the network of the NCPs
European Commission                     EuropeAid

Twinning Launching Workshop
            in Georgia

 Tbilisi, 29th & 30th November 2007

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