Twinning Instrument

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Twinning is an instrument set up by the European Union (EU) for institutional cooperation between public administrations of Member States and of beneficiary or partner countries.

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This Twinning Instrument was originally designed in 1998 to help candidate countries of the time to acquire the necessary skills and experience to adopt, implement and enforce EU legislation. In 2004, the Instrument was also made available to some of the EU Eastern and Southern Neighbourhood partner countries. Beneficiaries include candidate countries and potential candidates to EU membership (IPA region), as well as countries covered by the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP).

Twinning projects bring together public sector expertise from EU Member States and beneficiary countries with the aim of enhancing peer to peer activities. They must yield concrete mandatory operational results for the beneficiary countries.

Related Links
European Commission: DG Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations: Twinning Instrument
Germany: Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety: German participation in the EU’s Twinning instrument
European Commission: Press Release, 07/02/2018: 20 years of successfully sharing EU expertise through over 2700 projects
Kosovo Government: Ministry of European Integration: Twining Instrument

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