East Invest Twinnings

The East Invest project seeks to facilitate and encourage economic co-operation between the EU and the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine. In line with this objective, various activities are being implemented focusing on transfer of know how and best practises and the development of a long term relationship to the benefit of both sides.

The East Invest twinnings will encourage concrete and sustainable co-operation between the EU and EaP business support organisations (BSOs) by supporting the implementation of joint projects. The areas of cooperation/assistance are determined by the audits and needs assessment of 15 selected BSOs in the EaP countries.

The main objectives of the twinnings are:

  • To establish a long term technical cooperation (12 months maximum) between three or more similar BSOs, offering transfer of know-how in one or more specific areas.
  • To create sustainable links between BSOs from the EaP and the EU that will go beyond the duration of the project period.

The programme will support the establishment of 15 twinnings between at least two BSOs from the EU and one BSO from the EaP.

On the EaP side, 15 BSO organizations were identified during the inception phase (January-March 2011) as the target beneficiaries for these twinnings. For each of those, a detailed needs analysis is being prepared, which will serve as a terms of reference for their respective twinning project.

BSOs from the EU and Turkey will be invited to apply for one or more of these twinnings through an “Expression of Interest”, indicating how they intend to address the needs identified, which partners will be involved, etc.

Evaluation and selection of the successful projects will be done by EUROCHAMBRES in cooperation with the East Invest Project Management Committee (PMC) based on a transparent matching process, bringing together offer and demand. The matching will look for quality but also ensure a fair geographical balance both in the EU and in the EaP countries.

The implementation of the twinnings will be guided and monitored by EUROCHAMBRES with the assistance of Sequa and the monitoring team.

This publication has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of EUROCHAMBRES and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.

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