Project duration


Brief Description

Twinning is a long-term institution-building instrument supporting partner countries through institutional cooperation, acquiring the necessary skills and expertise to approximate EU legislation.

Countries covered: Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Egypt, Georgia, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Moldova, Morocco, Tunisia and Ukraine


Twinning aims at upgrading the administrative capacities of the partner countries’ administrations through the training of staff, and support to the reorganisation of state institutions’  structures. It also supports the approximation of national laws, regulations and quality standards to those of EU Member States in the framework of Cooperation or Association agreements signed with the EU.

Actions in brief

The instrument provides public sector expertise from EU Member States.  For each Twinning project, a Resident Twinning Adviser is seconded from an EU Member State to the beneficiary administration for a period of between 12 and 36 months for the entire duration of the implementation of the Action, and coordinates the project's activities, bringing practical expertise with EU laws and administration. The work plan of a Twinning project usually also foresees short-term and medium-term expert missions, training events in the partner administration, and awareness-raising visits in the Member States.

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