TAIEX (Technical Assistance and Information Exchange) is an EU instrument that helps partner countries become acquainted with, apply and enforce EU law, and monitor their progress in doing so.
It funds short-term peer-to-peer technical assistance, advice and training, provided mainly in 3 ways:
- workshops attended by officials from beneficiaries' administrations
- expert missions that provide in-depth advice to beneficiaries' administrations
- study visits to EU countries' administrations.
Who do we help?
TAIEX assistance is open to:
- civil servants working in public administrations (national, regional, etc.) and associations of local authorities
- judiciary and law enforcement authorities
- parliaments/legislative bodies and their staff
- professional/commercial associations, workers & employers' groups
- translators and revisers of legislative texts.
TAIEX assistance is not available to private citizens or individual companies.
TAIEX beneficiaries are not just acceding and candidate countries, and potential candidates, but also countries in the immediate vicinity of the EU, in North Africa, the Middle East and Europe, as part of the EU's neighbourhood policy.
The idea is to bring these beneficiaries closer to the EU (deeper economic integration and political cooperation) by sharing with them Member States' experience and knowledge of the EU acquis.
- Acceding and candidate countries, and potential candidates
- Turkish Cypriot community in the northern part of Cyprus
- Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Morocco, the Palestinian Authority, Syria, Tunisia and Ukraine.
Which policy fields?
TAIEX is used in the following fields:
- Agriculture and food safety
- Freedom, security and justice
- Environment, Transport and Telecommunications
- Internal Market
- Support to the Turkish Cypriot community
- TAIEX and the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP)
- Regional Training Programme
- Local Administration Facility
How can TAIEX beneficiaries apply for assistance?
Officials in line Ministries dealing with community legislation, staff from regulatory or supervisory bodies and inspectorates, officials in notified bodies which implement or enforce legislation as well as officials in Parliaments, the Judiciary and Law Enforcement Agencies, Social Partners, Private Sector Associations can draw on TAIEX services.
Matching experts with beneficiaries
Public officials of EU Member States with expertise relevant to TAIEX beneficiaries can register as TAIEX experts. TAIEX experts can be invited as speakers to seminars, workshops, expert missions and study visits matching their specific profile.
TAIEX relies on a network of contact points at the level of national public institutions implementing or enforcing EU legislation. Contact points help TAIEX identify suitable experts within their respective ministries or agencies, depending on the request. Interested officials can register as institutional contact points.