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An EU project promotes cooperation between EU and Armenian administrations

11 February 2013

Since 2009 an EU funded project has supported the Ministry of Economy and other state institutions in coordinating the use of EU cooperation instruments, as well as institutional reforms tools financed by the European Union.

Support to the Armenian Programme Administration Office for Twinning and Technical Assistance and Information Exchange (TAIEX) Operations (SATTO), together with the Ministry of Economy of Armenia, presented the results of joint work in the end of December 2012.

SATTO is actively supporting the dedicated unit operating within the structure of the Ministry of Economy responsible for EU programmes, as well as relevant beneficiary state bodies.

Its main focus are the Twinning and TAIEX instruments, which support direct cooperation between public administrations, assist in harmonising Armenian legislation with EU standards, and contribute to the current negotiation process for the Association Agreement and a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA) between Armenia and the EU.

The Team Leader of this project in Armenia is Patrick Mousnier-Lompre. ‘The aim of SATTO is essentially to bring together experts. We also have some other experts from the EU countries, who come for short-term missions for two or three weeks, especially when there is a need to identify a new project. We also organise study visits to EU countries for staff, especially from the Ministry [of Economy] to see how similar projects are realised,’ explained Mousnier-Lompre.

According to Mousnier-Lompre, Twinning projects are big projects which last around two years, employing a permanent civil servant from the EU who cooperates with the Armenian Administration.

TAEIX projects last for a shorter length of time. They can fund visits of experts from the EU Administration in Armenia for one week, as well as workshops, or study visits for Armenian experts to EU member countries.
These two types of cooperation have been used in Eastern Europe in preparing countries which seek closer relations with the EU.

SATTO has been operating since March 2009 for a duration of 4 years and a total budget of €2 million.
Since 2009 more than 70 TAIEX events have taken place in Armenia. Currently there are 18 Twinning projects in progress, and 2 other have been completed.

The Deputy Minister of Economy of Armenia, Garegin Melkonyan, stated that in 2012 Armenia had made progress in realising both Twinning and TAIEX; for example, in 2010 and 2011 only 20 TAIEX projects had been completed, whereas in 2012 that number rose to 30.

An EU project promotes cooperation between EU and Armenian administrations

Since 2009 an EU funded project has supported the Ministry of Economy and other state institutions in coordinating the use of EU cooperation instruments, as well as institutional reforms tools financed by the European Union. Support to the Armenian Programme Administration Office for Twinning and Technical Assistance and Information Exchange (TAIEX) Operations (SATTO), together with the Ministry of Economy of Armenia, presented the results of joint work in the end of December 2012. SATTO is actively supporting the dedicated unit operating within the structure of the Ministry of Economy responsible for EU programmes, as well as relevant beneficiary state bodies. Its main focus are the Twinning and TAIEX instruments, which support direct cooperation between public administrations, assist in harmonising Armenian legislation with EU standards, and contribute to the current negotiation process for the Association Agreement and a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA) between Armenia and the EU. The Team Leader of this project in Armenia is Patrick Mousnier-Lompre. ‘The aim of SATTO is essentially to bring together experts. We also have some other experts from the EU countries, who come for short-term missions for two or three weeks, especially when there is a need to identify a new project. We also organise study visits to EU countries for staff, especially from the Ministry [of Economy] to see how similar projects are realised,’ explained Mousnier-Lompre. According to Mousnier-Lompre, Twinning projects are big projects which last around two years, employing a permanent civil servant from the EU who cooperates with the Armenian Administration. TAEIX projects last for a shorter length of time. They can fund visits of experts from the EU Administration in Armenia for one week, as well as workshops, or study visits for Armenian experts to EU member countries. These two types of cooperation have been used in Eastern Europe in preparing countries which seek closer relations with the EU. SATTO has been operating since March 2009 for a duration of 4 years and a total budget of €2 million. Since 2009 more than 70 TAIEX events have taken place in Armenia. Currently there are 18 Twinning projects in progress, and 2 other have been completed. The Deputy Minister of Economy of Armenia, Garegin Melkonyan, stated that in 2012 Armenia had made progress in realising both Twinning and TAIEX; for example, in 2010 and 2011 only 20 TAIEX projects had been completed, whereas in 2012 that number rose to 30.