What TAIEX means?
Technical Assistance and Information Exchange Instrument
What TAIEX does?
TAIEX shares Member State administrations’ technical expertise in all fields of EU legislation and regulation (the so-called EU ‘acquis’) with beneficiaries
TAIEX is the Technical Assistance and Information Exchange instrument of the European Commission implemented by the Institutional Building unit of Directorate General – Enlargement (DG ELARG). TAIEX can be delivered to a single or a group of countries, depending on the need identified. It is largely demand driven and channels requests for assistance and contributes to the delivery of appropriate tailor-made expertise to address problems at short notice.
TAIEX, a typical pre-accession instrument, represented the first practical measure linked to the official recognition of the aspirations of the Western Balkans to join the Union.
In June 2004, TAIEX was fully operational and started organising a series of introductory multi-country seminars on the Acquis for the benefit of the administrations of the Western Balkan countries within the Stabilisation and Association Process framework.
What services does TAIEX offer?
TAIEX’s main tasks are:
Which activities TAIEX covers:
Who are the Beneficiaries of TAIEX assistance?
The TAIEX mandate to provide assistance covers the following groups of beneficiary countries:
The beneficiaries of TAIEX assistance includes those sectors, both public and private, who have a role to play in the beneficiary countries in the transposition, implementation and enforcement of EU legislation or in the case of the ENPI countries, in deepening economic and political cooperation by sharing the experience gained during the enlargement process.
The main target groups are:
TAIEX does not provide direct support to private citizens, or to individual companies.
A request for TAIEX assistance must come from the public administration.
In Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Coordinator for TAIEX assistance is the Directorate for European Integration (DEI), which, in liaison with the final beneficiary institution, applies for TAIEX assistance. The contact e-mail at the DEI is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications can be sent to TAIEX through the TAIEX website, where you will find application forms for the different forms of assistance TAIEX offers (Request for expertise/study visit/workshop).
When you make your application, it is important to remember that the assistance you are applying for should relate to the priorities defined by the European Partnership and the Stabilisation and Association Agreement. It is also useful if you can mention the relevant EU legislation that the application refers to. A well prepared and detailed application has a higher likelihood of being accepted.
The applicant will receive notification of registration once the application has been received and registered.
All applications are submitted to the EU Delegation and the competent Commission services for their opinion. The final decision is taken by the Institution Building unit of DG ELARG, responsible for the implementation of the TAIEX instrument.
You will receive an answer to your application as soon as the application has gone through this consultation process. From submission of the application, it will take on average a minimum of eight weeks for the dispatch of an expert and about 12 weeks for the organisation of a seminar/workshop.
When the dates of the TAIEX workshop/seminar/expert mission/study visit have been fixed and all experts/speakers identified, TAIEX will pass the file to the external service provider, at present GTZ (the GTZ is responsible for the organisation, booking and paying of daily subsistence allowance and travel & accommodation costs to participants, meeting facilities, interpretation services as necessary, etc. and will contact participants and speakers directly).
For further information on the TAIEX instrument, please visit TAIEX webpage: http://taiex.ec.europa.eu
All TAIEX events as well as their agendas and presentations can be found on the webpage.
The general e-mail address of the TAIEX is email@example.com
In line with the Communication of the European Commission (EC) “Western Balkans: enhancing the European perspective” of 5 March 2008, the Directorate General for Enlargement of the EC launched a new strategy towards civil society – the “Civil Society Facility” (CSF). This initiative foresees support both at national and multi-beneficiary levels and consists of three strands, which together aim to strengthen civil society’s role in the democratic process:
The aims of the People 2 People Programme (P2P)
The P2P Programme covers the following candidate countries and potential candidates to EU accession:
Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo , the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey as well as Iceland.
It targets all layers of civil society of the beneficiaries mentioned above. These groups can be, amongst others: employers associations; trade unions; NGOs dealing with acquis-related subjects, such as equal opportunities, non discrimination, employment, children rights, youth, etc.; organisations active in the cultural, artistic, educational and linguistic fields; human rights groups, including minorities defence groups, legal aid offices, etc; farmers associations; representatives of religion-based associations; consumer associations; health-related civil society organisations, etc.
Since the beginning of the P2P Programme more than 1000 representatives of CSOs have participated in more than 30 P2P Programme study tours, interacting on topics such as agriculture and rural development, the role of civil society in EU policy making, women in business, intercultural dialogue, social dialogue and employment policy, climate change and renewable energies, people with disabilities, youth, organised crime and corruption etc.
Types of activities of the P2P Programme (P2P)
The Programme mainly entails the organisation of:
Once the topics, target group and the programme for a study tour have been established, the Directorate General for Enlargement deals with all the organisational, logistical and financial aspects of the study tour, such as transport and accommodation (if required).
For the year 2011 the P2P Programme foresees around 30 events. For further details, please consult the TAIEX web site: P2P 2011 planning http://ec.europa.eu/enlargement/taiex/p2p/planning_en.htm.
For further questions relating to the P2P Programme, please contact us at: Elarg-CSF-P2P@ec.europa.eu
or consult our website: http://ec.europa.eu/enlargement/taiex/pdf/p2p/p2p-leaflet_en.pdf
Local Administration Facility (LAF) is a programme under the TAIEX instrument managed by the Directorate-General Enlargement of the European Commission.
This programme aims at:
• strengthening the institutional capacity of regional and local authorities with a view to further aligning it with EU requirements
• awareness-raising and exchanging experience and best practices amongst each other and with Member States’ municipalities
• analysing the functioning of the EU institutions and the role of local and regional authorities in the implementation of the EU acquis.
– candidate countries: Turkey, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia
– potential candidates: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*
The programme targets representatives of the local and regional administration: elected heads or councilors of municipalities, governors of counties or provinces and senior permanent staff.
LAF mainly entails the organisation of multi-country seminars, where 5-7 representatives per beneficiary are invited to Brussels. The aim of these events is to build up regional and European networks and to familiarise the participants with the EU legislation and programmes.
The working language is English.
Contact: If you have further questions about LAF contact us at Elarg-Taiex@ec.europa.eu
List of contacts for each Enlargement country is available here
More information: For more information on LAF, go to the page LAF in detail
With the launch of the Instrument for Stability (IfS) in 2007 as a follow up to the Rapid Reaction Mechanism, the European Commission has considerably intensified its work in the area of conflict prevention, crisis management and peace building.
Crisis response projects under the Instrument for Stability focus on a wide range of issues, such as support to mediation, confidence building, interim administrations, strengthening Rule of Law, transitional Justice or the role of natural resources in conflict. Under the IfS, these activities can be supported in situations of crisis or emerging crisis, when timely financial help cannot be provided from other EU sources.
The IfS has been used to date to finance a large number of crisis response projects world wide. The largest share of funds was given to projects in Africa, Asia-Pacific, The Balkans, followed by the Middle East and Latin America and the Caribbean.
The Peace-building Partnership is an innovative part of the IfS and is established to strengthen civilian expertise for peace-building activities. It is created to deepen the dialogue between civil society and the EU institutions. It addresses, in particular, civil society organisations and think-tanks, but also international organisations and agencies in EU Member States.
The Instrument for Stability (IfS) also enables the EU to help build long-term international, regional and national capacity to address pervasive transregional and global threats.
If you have questions about the Instrument for Stability, please contact us at RELEX-IFS-INFO@ec.europa.eu.
The Interim Response Programme under the Instrument for Stability addresses the threats of Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) in Bosnia and Herzegovina through the Small Arms Programme.
People 2 People draft calendar 2013 — “Plan is draft document which is subject to changes. Potential participants will be entitled to apply only after a call for participants is launched for each event separately”.
The People to People Programme – Guidelines for the preparation and implementation of events — “Guidelines are intended to provide a support for those who are directly involved in the organization of P2P events (participants selection, agenda drafting, etc.). Annex to the guidelines is summarize of main activities, responsibilities and deadlines that are to be considered for the preparation/implementation of a P2P event”.