Supporting public administrations in their daily efforts to create better living conditions for their citizens is one of the most effective ways to help our neighbours face today’s challenges. Ownership of the results of the provided support is key in the long run to tackle the root causes of problems creating instability and insecurity in the Mediterranean region and to the East. The peer-to-peer approach typical of TAIEX and Twinning aims at achieving these goals by sharing public sector expertise between EU and partner countries.
“In 2017, TAIEX1 and Twinning proved to be among the most effective policy-supporting instruments at hand for the Commission in EU neighbouring countries.” Says Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations
For example, a recently concluded Twinning project on sanitary and phytosanitary measures in Ukraine, implemented by the Lithuanian public administration, helped the country to deliver on its commitments under the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. Moreover, a recent TAIEX workshop supported Tunisia in putting in place a reliable E-Learning system for its administration. Furthermore, a series of peer review missions in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Kosovo are still under way to assess the current state of play of these regions to investigate and prosecute high level corruption, financial and organised crime.