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The Technical Support Instrument (TSI)

Target group
Government
Type of funding
Networking, No direct funding
Project type
Innovation, Networking, Dissemination
Area
Agriculture and forestry, Energy, Environment & Climate Action, Health, ICT Research & Innovation, Innovation, Security, Social Sciences and Humanities, Society
Info last updated 3 weeks ago

Summary

The TSI is the main EU funding programme providing technical support to EU Member States to support them in their reform agendas.

Budget

€864.4 million for the period 2021-2027

Official information source

https://commission.europa.eu/funding-tenders/find-funding/eu-funding-program... 

Description

 

Technical Support Instrument (TSI)

 

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Events

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On 5 May, the European Commission organised the 2022 Technical Support Instrument Annual Conference, to highlight the importance of the Technical Support Instrument for the successful design and implementation of key reforms in the Member States.

Furthermore, the conference addressed, in particular in the context of the recent crises (COVID 19 pandemic, Russian invasion of Ukraine), whereby Member States need to strengthen further their resilience and the structural capacities of their administrations. The conference also marked the official launch of the TSI 2023.

For more information about it and the event recording, look at the event page here.

 

About the TSI

The Technical Support Instrument (TSI) is the EU programme that provides tailor-made technical expertise to EU Member States to design and implement reforms.The support is demand driven and does not require co-financing from Member States. It is an important pillar of the EU’s initiative to help Member States mitigate the economic and social consequences of the outbreak of the COVID-19 crisis.

Smart, sustainable and socially responsible reforms help to strengthen the resilience of our economies and societies. The TSI offers Member States a unique service to help them tackle reform challenges. The support can take the form of, for example, strategic and legal advice, studies, training and expert visits on the ground. It can cover any phase in the reform process. From preparation and design to development and implementation of the reforms.

The technical support is provided in a wide range of policy areas, including but not limited to climate action, digital transition and health. Member States can also request support to prepare, amend, implement and revise their national recovery and resilience plans under the Recovery and Resilience Facility.

By providing on the ground support to overcome reform challenges, the TSI helps Member States to recover from the social and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, to improve the quality of public services and to reinforce sustainable and inclusive economic growth. The TSI is the successor programme of the Structural Reform Support Programme (2017-2020) and builds on its experience in building capacity in Member States. The European Commission's Directorate-General for Structural Reform Support (DG REFORM) manages the TSI.

 

TSI support for reforms

starts with a request for support from an EU Member State

is tailor-made to address the country's needs

provides a unique combination of expertise from the European Commission, EU Member States’  national administrations, international organisations and/or the private sector

strengthens the capacity of an EU Member State to carry out reforms

  • requires no co-financing

 

Budget

€864 million for the period 2021-2027 (in current prices)

 

Types of support

EU Member States can request technical support under the TSI to:

  • implement resilience-enhancing reforms in the context of EU economic governance, such as those arising from country-specific recommendations under the European Semester and by virtue of implementing EU law
  • prepare, amend, implement and revise national recovery and resilience plans under the Recovery and Resilience Facility
  • implement economic adjustment programmes
  • implement reforms undertaken at their own initiative

 

How does it work?

An EU Member State wishing to receive technical support submits a request to the Commission, via a national Coordinating Authority. This request must be submitted by 31 October of each year.

The Commission analyses the requests received and enters into dialogue with the national Coordinating Authorities to assess the country' specific needs and the options to support the design and implementation of the reforms.

Support may be provided directly through the Commission’s in-house expertise or with other providers of technical support:

  • experts from EU Member States' national administrations (TAIEX)
  • international organisations
  • private firms and consultancies
  • individual experts from the private sector

TAIEX-TSI Peer 2 Peer is an instrument managed in cooperation with the Directorate General for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) to implement part of the TSI of DG REFORM. The instrument allows experts from national administrations to exchange expertise through expert missions, study visits and workshops. The instrument is only available for projects selected under the TSI.

 

Reform areas covered

The TSI provides technical support to Member States in a wide range of policy areas. These include:

  • Green transition (including climate action, circular economy and energy transition)
  • Digital transition
  • Health and long-term care
  • Skills, education and training
  • Governance and public administration
  • Competitiveness
  • Financial sector and access to finance
  • Revenue administration and public financial management
  • Labour market, social protection and migration

 

Project in the spotlight

The Commission supported the carrying out the Portuguese Action Programme for the prevention of rural wildfires in three pilot regions. The objective is to protect citizens’ lives and their property from the fires, identifying and managing the most vulnerable territories, and ensuring the protection of the ecosystems.

The main expected result of the project is the implementation and operationalisation of the National Action Programme for the prevention of rural wildfires in three pilot regions in view of protecting the Portuguese citizens’ lives and their property from these fires, identifying and managing susceptible territories, ensuring proper care to ecosystems while changing citizen’s behaviour towards the use of fire and other fire prone activities.

 

Supporting the prevention of wildfires in Portugal

 

Examples of projects

So far, more than 1200 reform projects have been supported in 27 Member States. These include:

  • improving the operational capacity and efficiency of public administrations
  • modernising public financial management
  • reforming tax administrations
  • developing the digital economy
  • achieving climate and energy goals
  • attracting foreign direct investment
  • reforming education systems
  • improving financing opportunities under the Capital-Markets-Union initiative
  • improving the efficiency of dealing with non-performing loans

Examples of reform support

 

Contacts

Main contact point for EU countries:

Judit.ROZSA@ec.europa.eu

For more on the TSI:

Directorate General for Structural Reform Support: REFORM-TSI@ec.europa.eu

 

Entities implementing EU funds under indirect management:

2021

2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

 

Documents

 

Technical Support Instrument: Financing Decisions and Annual Work Programmes

Financing Decisions and Annual Work Programmes setting out measures needed for the implementation of the TSI Programme.

 

Structural Reform Support Programme: Financing Decisions and Annual Work Programmes

Financing Decisions and Annual Work Programmes setting out measures needed for the implementation of the Programme.

 

Structural Reform Support Programme: Annual monitoring reports

Monitoring reports on the implementation of the Structural Reform Support Programme.

 

Structural Reform Support Programme: Mid-term evaluation

Report, staff working document and executive summary of the mid-term evaluation of the SRSP.

DG REFORM brochure - General Download

DG REFORM brochure - Technical support for implementing the European Green Deal Download

DG REFORM brochure - Governance and public administration Download

DG REFORM brochure - Growth and business environment Download

DG REFORM brochure - Labour market, education, health and social services Download

DG REFORM brochure - Revenue administration and public financial management  Download

DG REFORM brochure - Financial sector and access to finance Download

 

Related links

Reform Support website

Legal base - Regulation establishing the TSI

Request for technical support - Templates 2023

Legal base - Regulation establishing the SRSP

Amendment of the Regulation establishing the SRSP

Funding opportunities

Tender opportunities

Questions and Answers on the Technical Support Instrument 2021-2027

Technical Support Instrument: 2022 country factsheets

Technical Support Instrument 2023 call

 
 
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