Annual meeting “Institution Building Days – 2022”

On November 23-24, 2022, the annual meeting of National Contact Points for TAIEX and Twinning instruments “Institution Building Days – 2022” with the assistance of the Commission’s Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (hereinafter – DG NEAR) was held in Brussels (Kingdom of Belgium).

“Institution Building Days” meeting is a powerful platform for best exchanging practices of the implementation and use of institutional building instruments in the European Neighborhood countries, carrying out an integrative review of the events implemented under the aforementioned instruments, as well as discussing the key priorities of partner countries in the context of EU assistance.

On November 23, the first day of the “Institutional Building Days – 2022” started. Lawrence Meredith,Directorfor Neighbourhood East and Institution Building, DG NEAR, addressed the meeting participants with a welcoming speech, congratulated all those present and expressed hope for effective interaction within the framework of the “Institution Building Days – 2022” meeting. Olivér Várhelyi, European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, welcomed the participants on the video message, in which he thanked for the greater cooperation and effective implementation of the institutional building instruments. Also, the greetings to the participants of the event were addressed by Edita Hrdá, Ambassador, Head of the Czech Permanent Representation to the EU, who emphasized the importance of holding annual meetings that would allow exchange of experience in the field of reforming the government authorities of the European Neighborhood countries in accordance with EU standards by involving technical assistance.

In turn, Yana Nykolaieva, Head of the Unit of Twinning Programme Administration Office activities ensuring of the Center for Adaptation of the Civil Service to the Standards of the European Union, welcomed the participants of the meeting and thanked the European side for their support and effective cooperation. Nykolaieva Yana focused attention on the key achievements of the implementation of TAIEX and Twinning institutional building instruments in Ukraine and emphasized the priority areas for further cooperation.

During the first day of the meeting, a number of issues were discussed, namely: support for key reforms through institutional instruments, a strategic approach to the implementation of institutional building instruments, key priorities in the Eastern Partnership countries and Western Balkans.

The second day of the meeting was dedicated to implementation of the Twinning and TAIEX institutional building instruments, in particular, the value of institutional building instruments in promoting public administration reform, strengthening administrative capacity and the new multi-annual Financial Framework of TAIEX and Twinning in overall EU programming assistance were discussed. Participants of the meeting also had the opportunity to deliberate the key priorities of the Southern Partnership countries in accordance with the European Neighborhood Policy and to familiarize themselves with the best practices of the Southern Partnership countries.

The participants of the meeting get acquainted with practical aspects of attracting and using institutional building instruments that will raise effectiveness and productivity of the implementation of Twinning and TAIEX instruments.

The representatives of the EU Member States and National Contact Points, EU Member State officials working on TAIEX events & Twinning projects, TAIEX and Twinning beneficiaries, European Commission and External Action Service headquarters and delegation staff took part at the meeting “Institution Building Days – 2022”.

On behalf of the Center for Adaptation of the Civil Service to the Standards of the European Union, Head of the Unit of Twinning Programme Administration Office activities ensuring Nykolaieva Yana and Senior Consultant of the Twinning Coordination Division of the Unit of Twinning Programme Administration Office activities ensuring Honcharuk Olena took part at the annual  meeting “Institution Building Days – 2022”.

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