What is Twinning?
Twinning is an initiative of the European Commission that was launched in 1998 in the context of preparation for enlargement of the European Union. It was conceived as an instrument for targeted administrative co-operation for assisting Candidate Countries to strengthen their administrative and judicial capacity to implement Community legislation as future Member States (MS) of the European Union.
Since 2002, Croatia was offered this tool in order to develop a modern and efficient administration including structures, human resources and management skills needed to implement the acquis communautaire and to reach the same standards as the EU Member States.
Twinning best practices
The Beneficiary Countries are committed to the implementation of Twinning projects to achieve the mandatory results. This commitment includes both high level political commitment and a more practical commitment of BC human and financial resources. (Source:Twinning Newsletter 11 Oct 2007)
Each Twinning project has at least one Resident Twinning Adviser (RTA) and a Project leader.
The RTA is seconded from a Member State administration or from another approved body in a Member State to work full time for a minimum of 12 months in the corresponding ministry in partner country to implement the project.
The Project Leader is responsible for the overall trust and coordination of the project. They are supplemented by carefully planned and timed missions of other specialists, training events, awareness raising visits, etc to accompany the reform process towards the targeted result.
On the other hand, Twinning light contracts, have a few short term experts and it last from 6 to 8 months.
An example of the day-to-day work within a Twinning Project you can find in the Twinning movie on this website under "Video clips".