TAIEX is the Technical Assistance and Information Exchange instrument managed by the Directorate-General Neighbourhood and Enlargement negotiations of the European Commission. TAIEX supports public administrations with regard to the approximation, application and enforcement of EU legislation as well as facilitating the sharing of EU best practices. It is largely needs driven and delivers appropriate tailor-made expertise to address issues at short notice.
What services does TAIEX offer?
TAIEX’ main tasks are:
- To provide short term technical assistance and advice on the transposition of EU legislation into the national legislation of candidate countries and potential candidates to EU membership and the subsequent transposition, implementation and enforcement of such legislation.
- To bring ENI partner countries closer to the European Union, through increased economic integration and a deepening of political cooperation by sharing the experience gained during the enlargement process.
- To support the convergence of legislation and administrative cooperation with partner countries covered by the Partnership Instrument
- To provide technical training and peer assistance to partners and stakeholders in public administrations.
- To be an information broker by gathering and making available information.
- TAIEX activities are implemented in different forms and across a wide range of areas. Partner administrations can benefit from TAIEX’s flexibility to help meet wider training needs in EU legislation by reaching a significant number of officials through the organisation of workshops.
- Study visits are organised for a limited number of officials of the beneficiary administrations to Member State administrations. They give an opportunity to the partners to work alongside Member State officials, to discuss legislation, experience first-hand administrative procedures and infrastructure and see examples of best practices.
- When more precise needs must be targeted, expert missions provide an opportunity to discuss draft legislation, present examples of best practices and lend assistance where requested. They involve usually one or two Member State experts travelling to partner administrations.