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European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR)

TAIEX – 25 Years of Moving Forward with EU Expertise

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Since its creation in 1996, the scope and reach of the TAIEX instrument has expanded significantly. It was initially set up to support the then candidate countries from Central and Eastern Europe in their EU accession. In the 2000s, TAIEX first expanded to encompass Cyprus and Malta and soon after to Turkey and the Western Balkans.

Today, TAIEX is available for all countries covered by the European Neighbourhood Policy in the Eastern and Southern Neighbourhoods as well as to countries and territories covered by the Partnership Instrument and EU development policies. EU Member States can also benefit from TAIEX peer-to-peer exchanges in the areas of cohesion policy, structural reforms and environmental policy.

Discover more about TAIEX

On its 25th birthday, TAIEX is exporting EU standards worldwide. So far, TAIEX has supported more than 90 partner countries by mobilising over 40,000 experts in more than 26,000 events.

TAIEX in action

TAIEX works quickly to design and deliver tailor-made workshops, expert missions and study visits. Watch the testimonials below to hear from our experts and partners.

Institution Building Days 2021

As public administrations are looking for solutions to persistent health, digital and environmental challenges, TAIEX and Twinning are uniquely suited to respond to this demand both in the European Union and globally.

With more than 300 registered participants and over 500 viewers following the live stream from some 50 countries, the event brought together EU experts and representatives from all EU Member States as well as TAIEX and Twinning beneficiaries from all across the world. Watch event highlights below.

Key statistics

92% of participants rated TAIEX experts in 2020 as excellent or good. Matching top experts with partner needs is key to delivering first class events across the globe. See our impact and growth on the infographics.

In 25 years, TAIEX has achieved a lot and will continue to do so. I wish to thank all those who work to make TAIEX a success. Your work, our work for successful reforms helps us move forward together. I look forward to seeing TAIEX continuing to play a crucial role in changing societies in the years ahead. Happy TAIEX anniversary!

Olivér Várhelyi
European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement