TAIEX (Technical Assistance Information Exchange)
The Technical Assistance and Information Exchange Programme (TAIEX) is an institution-building instrument for short-term assistance in adoption, application and enforcement of the Community acquis. It has been operational since 1996 and its responsibilities and area of activity have greatly increased since.
TAIEX assistance is available to candidate countries, acceding countries as part of the pre-accession strategy and screening process, the ten new Member States and the countries of the Western Balkans.
TAIEX also targets the countries involved in the European Neighbourhood Policy and Russia, which it assists in drafting and implementing their legislation in accordance with their action plans.
TAIEX centralises requests for help from both the public authorities and the private sector and brokers contacts between the requesters and the Member States. It deploys seconded experts and arranges peer reviews, study or assessment visits, seminars, workshops and training. It also helps with the translation of legislation and provides expert databases and information on the alignment of legislation.