TAIEX (Technical Assistance and Information Exchange) - EU institution-building instrument (was introduced in 1996) is designed to provide short-term support to public administrations in a unique peer-to-peer fashion: TAIEX experts come as volunteers from the public administrations of EU Member States to share their experience with their peers on how to apply EU law.
The benefits of TAIEX cooperation are the speed, ease and flexibility of activities. Activities are based on the needs of beneficiaries and tailored to their specific situations. TAIEX has proved to be a very efficient tool for transferring expertise and best practices. TAIEX activities are an easy and quick way for public authorities to engage in cooperation with countries with whom they have not had any previous contacts. The TAIEX instrument can also be used to set up networks and to prepare the ground for Twinning cooperation.
TAIEX assistance is open to:
TAIEX does not provide direct support to civil society, private citizens or to individual companies.
Since summer 2020, TAIEX support has also been available in a fully digital format. This allowed the instrument to support partner countries in tackling the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as in the post-COVID recovery strategies and the combination of offline and digital solutions makes the instrument flexible and resilient, and allows it to be used quickly in response to emerging needs.
TAIEX is used in the following fields:
Beneficiary countries usually initiate TAIEX cooperation by sending an online application on the Commission’s TAIEX website.
The request can be targeted to a specific EU Member State. The format, length and other details of each assistance mission are tailored to the beneficiary’s needs.
The most popular services provided by TAIEX are:
Depending on the purpose of the event, the focus can be more on learning from a specific good practice example, a specific experience or knowledge or more on a mutual exchange of experience between environmental authorities on a particular implementation challenge.
TAIEX Expert Database
Public officials of EU Member States interested in the TAIEX cooperation may register in the TAIEX Expert Database.
The Commission may offer expert tasks directly to those in the database: TAIEX experts can be invited as speakers to seminars, workshops, expert missions or to host study visits matching their specific profile.
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