ENP-East - European Neighbourhood Policy countries (ENP)
The ENP-East region refers to 6 non-EU countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.
Eurostat supports the ENP-East countries by:
- providing an advisory service to national statistical authorities;
- encouraging best practice in ENP-East countries through mutual contacts, training, study visits, workshops and seminars;
- collecting, validating and disseminating a range of data;
- assisting countries in the process of applying European standards in statistics;
- promoting and implementing technical assistance activities and projects;
- organising high level seminars on issues such as the European Statistics code of Practice, quality management, dissemination, availability and access to statistical data, user-producer dialogues.
Technical assistance programmes aimed at improving the statistical systems of the ENP-East countries can be regional in nature or country specific (such as twinning projects). They can be provided on specific statistical topics using a range of ENP instruments, in particular:
- TAIEX (Technical Assistance and Information Exchange) which is for short, one-off assistance missions;
- Twinning, which is a longer-term twinning arrangement with the National Statistical Institute of one or more EU Member States;
- Twinning Light, which tends to be used for medium-term assignments;
- Service contracts and grants.
There are also a number of other relevant regional and multilateral co-operation initiatives, such as the Eastern Partnership.
Launched in 2009, the Eastern Partnership is a joint initiative between the EU countries and the eastern European partner countries. It enables partner countries interested in moving towards the EU and increasing political, economic and cultural links to do so. It is underpinned by a shared commitment to international law and fundamental values - democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms - and to the market economy, sustainable development and good governance.
- promotes democracy and good governance
- strengthens energy security
- promotes sector reform and environment protection
- encourages people-to-people contacts
- supports economic and social development
- provides additional funding for projects to reduce social inequality and increase stability