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Challenges and Opportunities for a MS from the Point of View of the European Commission. Michael Vögele DG Enlargement – Institution Building Unit Budapest, 6th June 2012. Incentives - why should a MS engage in Twinning projects?.

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Challenges and opportunities for a ms from the point of view of the european commission

Challenges and Opportunities for a MS from the Point of View

of the European Commission

Michael VögeleDG Enlargement – Institution Building Unit

Budapest, 6th June 2012


Incentives why should a ms engage in twinning projects

Incentives - why should a MS engage in Twinning projects?

  • Tangible Benefits:Fully reimbursed external assistance;

  • but also Intangible ones…


Intangible benefits for institutions

Intangible benefits for institutions

  • HR tool for developing capabilities of your staff.

  • Increase the prestige of the institution.

  • International Relations: Strengthening relations with peer institutions in other Member States (consortia) and in Beneficiary Countries.


How to engage institutions i

How to engage institutions (I)

To the top management:

  • Involve top management as experts

  • Include EU- twinning in formal mission/vision/strategy paper of the institution

    To the second level management

  • Involve them

  • Show them financial incentives, Twinning Management Costs and RTA re-imbursement costs


How to engage institutions ii

How to engage institutions (II)

Implement a central unit for Twinning:

  • To select projects to apply for

  • Undertake administrative assignments that will make life easier for experts and the management in all phases

  • To write/review applications, contracts, select experts and consortia partners

  • Awareness of the competence development possibilities that twinning contains for the individual employee


Information visibility

Information & Visibility

  • How well informed about Twinning are MS Administrations?

  • Is Twinning known also by those institutions that never benefited from it?

  • Are all institutions regularly informed about projects?

  • Use local media, internet etc.

  • Provide internal visibility and understanding

  • Inspire RTA and STE candidates that will bring their administrative experience with them.


Hungary on twinning

Hungary on Twinning


Challenges and opportunities for a ms from the point of view of the european commission

* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.


Recipe for successful twinning projects

Recipe for Successful Twinning Projects


During the programming phase

During the programming phase

  • IPA Committee – Approval of National Programmes and Project Fiches (with Twinning components).

  • Good to establish a network with RTA candidates in institutions.

  • Good to establish regular contacts with your peers in other MS for possible consortia.


During the preparation of twinning proposals

During the preparation ofTwinning proposals

  • Ensure that all the institutions involved are eligible.

  • Include only the relevant CVs.

  • Consider the conditions in the Beneficiary Administration and adapt your proposal accordingly.


Preparing the selection meeting

Preparing the selection meeting

  • Ensure that all the relevant members of the Twinning team are available for the selection meeting.

  • Share the time between Project Leader and RTA

    • The BC officials have to feel confident with the RTA.

  • Explain comparative advantages of MS Administration

    • Knowledge of the reality of the Beneficiary

    • Why MS Administration is the best for carrying out the project?


During the drafting of the contract

During the Drafting of the Contract

  • Keep reasonable the number of study visits or class 3 short term experts.

  • Compare, regularly, the draft contract with the Twinning Fiche.

  • Ensure that the period doesn’t exceed the 6 months period.

  • Establish contacts with Beneficiaries, Delegation and Contracting Authority and maintain them throughout the process.


During the implementation of the project

During the Implementation of the Project

  • Close cooperation with the EU Delegation / EULO.

  • The MS Project Leader to maintain close contact with BC Project Leader and to attend the Project Steering Committee.

  • Coordinate your action with other relevant actors in the field. Special attention to other projects managed by the EU Delegation or under SIGMA or TAIEX instruments.

  • Make a glossary with the technical terms in all the languages of the experts involved.

  • Networking in two levels inside the Beneficiary Administration:

    • Strategic: with the officials that can solve conflicts or can support the implementation of the project.

    • Operational: with the officials that works on a day to day basis in the project.


When implementing the project

When implementing the project


Thank you for your attention

Thank you for your Attention

Twinning Coordination Team

Paolo Gozzi

Marc Patuzzo

Birgit Persson

Jordi Rodríguez Ruiz

Elarg Twinning Mail: [email protected]


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