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Project location
MONTENEGRO
Project value
€31,986
Client
EC
The overall objective of this project was to contribute to the sound programming and implementation of ED funds under the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance.
The specific objective of this assignment was to further strengthen the capacities of the Montenegrin administration to programme and implement ED funds available under IPA Component III on a decentralized basis and to provide assistance in the development of the ToR for one service contract (Support to Preparation of Projects for IPA Component III) according to the Practical guide to Contract procedures for EC external actions (PRAG).

During preparation of this ToR, the following already identified components were taken into account:
• Technical Assistance to the IPA III Operating Structure
• Establishment and development of an Environmental Information System
• Feasibility Study and Main Design Preparation for the Rehabilitation of the Vrbnica-Bar Railway Line Sub-Structure
• Project Preparation to Implement the SME Cluster Strategy in the North of Montenegro
Project location
CROATIA
Project value
€1,600,000
Client
EC IPA
The overall objective of this project was to increase levels of socio-economic development in Croatia through effective national development planning and implementation. The project purpose is to enhance Croatia's development planning and implementation capacity through:

the preparation of the National Strategic Reference Framework (National Development Plan)

the preparation of Operational Programmes (sectoral and regional). Specifically SOPs were prepared in the following areas:Regional Development, Transport development, Human Resource development, Environmental sustainability, Agriculture, Tourism, Regional Competitiveness Operational Programme.

Istitutional development/capacity building in the Croatian public administration to plan, manage, monitor and evaluate structural funds programmes.
Project location
SERBIA
Project value
€1,800,000
Client
EC
The overall objective of the project was to establish balanced territorial socio-economic development in Serbia. The purposes of the project were:

Increased capacity at national level to plan and implement integrated regional development policy.

More effective and transparent planning and spending of Serbian funds for development

The project had three inter-related components:

(1) Policy formulation

(2) Development Management

(3) Coordination and integration
Project location
TURKEY
Project value
€6,092,960
Client
EC
The overall project object objective was to contribute to the achievements and overall success of the Regional Competitiveness Operational Programme and IPA financial assistance to Turkey. The project purposes were:

To improve the capacity of the Operating Structure in the management, implementation, monitoring and control of the RCOP;

To support the operation development and management capacity for central and local stakeholders, in particular the final recipients of operations;

To support the programming activities with a view to increase the absorption capacity of the funds available under RCOP;

To support the activation of the finance and contracts department within the Operating Structure after the transition period.

Project end beneficiary was the Regional Competitiveness Programme Coordination and Implementation Center (RCP-CIC) in the Ministry of Industry and Trade.
Project location
CROATIA
Project value
€1,513,750
Client
EC IPA
The overall objective of this project was to contribute to economically and socially balanced development throughout Croatia's territory, by:

improving development planning and implementation capacity on county level

enhancing county and municipality capacity to work effectively with development funds

strengthening the capacity of the Ministry of Sea, Tourism, Transport and Development in the ordination and management of development programmes and projects on county and municipality level.

The project activities included:

support in the preparation of the Integrated Regional Operation Programme (IROP)

training to Ministry officials on NUTS 2 designations, and on the programming and monitoring for these regions

support to the PHARE Business Related Infrastructure grant scheme

development of a project pipeline 

building the implementing capacity of the Managing Authority, Intermediary Body and final beneficiaries 

providing advice and assistance on the establishment of the internal management structures, delegation of tasks and responsibilities, and HRD and recruitment

preparation of national guidelines on the development of ROPs

support in setting up and running of a reporting and monitoring system for SF management
Project location
CROATIA
Project value
€1,328,496
Client
EC
The overall objective of the project was to facilitate and enhance policy making on the national level by providing the basis for an analytical assessment of SME policies based on reliable data and validated methodologies.

The purpose was to provide the Ministry of Economy, Labour and Entrepreneurship (MELE) with the capacity and capability necessary for the continuous assessment of the overall business environment in Croatia, evaluation of needs to create a nurturing environment for SMEs, supporting their growth and stabilising their role as an important part of the national economy. In addition this contract also provided assistance in developing appropriate methodological tools and a functioning data collection system, which allows for impact assessment and the ability to tune the measures and incentives provided to benefit SMEs, by MELE and HAMAG.
Project location
KOSOVO
Project value
€199,000
Client
EC
The global objective of this assignment was to facilitate the necessary investment for the development of Sibovc SW lignite mine.

The specific objective of this project was to inform the decision makers in Kosovo on the possible options for a public and private partnership for the investment required for opening the SW Sibovc mine, and the market reaction to these options.
Project location
ALBANIA
Project value
€40,000
Client
EC IPA
The overall objective of the assignment was the strengthening and enforcement of the capacities of the ACO (Albanian Copyright Office) and RCOs (Regional Copyright Offices) and their partners, in the chain of the institutions which responsibilities and commitments in the process of respecting and protecting copyright.

The specific aim of this project was to assist the ACO in the preparation of the relevant documents for the IPA 2008 Technical Assistance project and in the revision of the Intellectual Property legal framework
Project location
TURKEY
Project value
€9,529,250
Client
EC MEDA
Lot 2: Establishment of 6 Business Centres in Afyon, Corum, Erzurum, Malataya, Uşak and Trakya, Turkey

The overall objective of the programme was to create a favourable environment for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Turkey, thus creating productivity growth and the job and wealth necessary to achieve the objectives set by the European Council in Lisbon ("The Lisbon Strategy"). 

The specific purpose of the programme was to increase the competitiveness of Turkish SMEs at selected provinces by supporting and assisting their general business operations and processes through provision of information, training and consultancy services with consideration of environmentally sustainable methods and participation of women entrepreneurs; thereby, contributing the social and economic development of the provinces.
Project location
TURKEY
Project value
€1,600,500
Client
EC MEDA
Lot 3: Establishment of Business Centres Network – Co-ordination centre (BC-NCC)

The The overall objective of the programme was to create a favourable environment for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Turkey, thus creating productivity growth and the job and wealth necessary to achieve the objectives set by the European Council in Lisbon ('The Lisbon Strategy"). Specific activities of this lot included:

Institutional capacity of TOBB on "how to manage the Business Centre Network" in Turkey developed
Technical assistance to TOBB on establishment of BC-NCC in Ankara provided.
Monitoring and evaluation model/toolbox for the BC Network developed
Strategy for the publicity/visibility and internationalisation "BC Network in Turkey" developed
Tools and methodology to support the inter-BC cooperation and networking developed
Toolbox for the assessment of potential on establishment of new Business Centres (small and large scale) developed
Institutional capacity of BCs and local chambers on "BC-NCC services" developed
"SME Trends and Review" document (national level) prepared
Project location
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
Project value
€1,896,950
Client
EC IPA
The overall objective of the project is to lay foundations for the development of a sustainable Tourism Industry in Bosnia and Herzegovina in preparation for EU accession. The specific purpose of the project is to strengthen the capabilities of the BiH tourism support structures at the state, entity and Brčko District levels to address the challenges faced by a growing tourism industry and ensure its sustainability.
Project location
KOSOVO
Project value
€899,200
Client
ECLO
The overall objective of this project was to ensure the development and sustainability of expertise in the field of cultural heritage management and conservation practice in the Western Balkan region. Specifically this project aimed at setting up a mechanism ensuring the upgrade of current and future professionals and practitioners in the Western Balkan region through vocational education training and scholarships (for Kosovo students at first) in the field of cultural heritage.
Project location
SERBIA
Project value
€3,488,150
Client
EC IPA
The overall objective of the project was to strengthen the capacity of the Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities (SCTM) and Serbian municipalities to fulfil their roles and responsibilities in supporting desired local and regional initiatives. The purpose of the project is to assist the SCTM and selected municipalities in providing better services for implementation of the strategic priorities for municipal development in Serbia through, among other, strengthening municipal capacities to acquire new competencies transferred from the central level. The project had the following components:

Strengthening the SCTM secretariat and committee structures,

Review of local self governance law implementation, review of existing service delivery practice and provide recommendations.

Development of the feasibility study on a Municipal Development Fund

Development and/or upgrading the Local Sustainable Development Strategies in the selected municipalities

Design and implementation of Municipal Service Packages

Preparation of the Framework for the implementation of the next phase of support to the municipalities under IPA 2007
Project location
KOSOVO
Project value
€950,000
Client
ECLO
The overall objective of this project was to support the ongoing decentralisation process and capacity building of the Ministry of Local Government Administration in enhancement of managerial, co-ordination and monitoring competencies and municipal performance assessment, in line with European standards.

The purpose of the project was to strengthen the role of the Ministry of Local Government Administration in the public administration of Kosovo for more effective and citizen oriented services.
Project location
TURKEY
Project value
€2,445,900
Client
EC
The overall objective of this project was to maximise the role of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey in the process of EU membership negotiations by promoting the dialogue between parliamentarians as well as political parties represented in the parliaments of the Member States and Turkey. The purposes of this contract were as follows;

To contribute to a better knowledge and understanding between Turkey and the European Union.
To raise awareness of the opportunities and challenges of Turkey's accession to the EU by increasing publicity and visibility.
Project location
KOSOVO
Project value
€37,000
Client
EC
The global objective of this assignment was to increase the administrative capacity for financial control, including public internal financial control (PIFC) and external audit. Specific objectives were to provide a fully fledged Terms of Reference (ToR) for two projects to:

Increase the capacity of the MEF to coordinate, develop and implement the principles of decentralised managerial accountability and functionally independent internal audit in accordance with international standards and EU standards through coherent legislation and adequate administrative capacity.

Strengthen the operational and functional capacity of the Supreme Audit Institution
Project location
SERBIA
Project value
€1,400,000
Client
EC IPA
The objective of the project was to support the socio-economic development of Serbia in line with EU standards by improving national public investment and budget planning. In other words, this project was designed to support public investment/capital budget planning processes in Serbia at strategic/policy and operational levels according to EU best practices.

The project included the following phases:

PHASE 1 - Elaboration of National Public Investment Objectives:

PHASE 2 - Budgeting for Investment Priorities:

Building the Programmatic Budgeting Process
Improvement of definition of programme/project criteria, methodology and procedures that connect with strategic priorities involving a mix of capital projects, grant schemes etc.
Monitoring and Evaluation
Definition/clarification of authority and responsibilities in the public investments/capital budget planning and implementation process
PHASE 3 – Institutional and Human Resource Capacity Building (Training and Instruction)
Project location
SERBIA
Project value
€170,334
Client
EAR
The global objective of the project was to support the successful implementation of the National Investment Programme (NIP) by improving the strategic and technical capabilities of the NIP office.

Specific objective was based on a review of the NIP project screening mechanisms so far and existing project selection procedures provide policy and technical recommendations, on selection and review of existing project applications and policy recommendations on future actions and support needs of the NIP office to meet EU standards in launching, selecting, evaluating and monitoring calls for project proposals. Draft Terms of Reference for future technical assistance to support the NIP office.
Project location
CROATIA
Project value
€199,999
Client
EAR
The global objective of this assignment was to improve the administration capacity of the Tax Administration of the Republic of Croatia by introducing an overall strategic business and IT development framework. The project achieved the following objectives:

Assisted in the preparation of a gap analysis, which includes a comparison between the actual situation and the Fiscal Blueprints benchmark

Based on the gap analysis, a needs analysis, which determines what needs to be done to bring the performance in each tax administration functional area up to the standard described in the relevant Blueprint.

Undertook a comprehensive situation analysis on the existing IT solution in the Customs Administration, including the assessment of all available studies and planning documents prepared under other consultancy assignments/twinning projects

Assisted the Tax Administration to prepare and overall IT strategy document, outlining the current situation and guidelines for further IT organization.
Project location
CROATIA
Project value
€189,280
Client
EC IPA
The overall objective of this contract was to develop the administrative capacity of the Operating Structure to efficiently use the EU funds in the pre-accession process and upon accession and to strengthen Croatia's absorption capacity.

The Specific objectives of the project focused on institutional preparations of future Implementing bodies to be able to implement and ensure sound and efficient management of EU funded programmes. Within this contract future Implementing Bodies were prepared for the accreditation (phase II) to successfully play their role in the future partnership building, implementation and monitoring of Funds.
Project location
MONTENEGRO
Project value
€94,798
Client
Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare
The global objective of this project was to ensure durable and sustainable solutions for RAE and other displaced and internally displaced persons residing in the Konik area.
The specific objective of this project was to provide technical assistance to the Government of Montenegro in preparation for the start of the IPA project on Durable Solutions for the Population of Konik Camps, due to begin in the first quarter of 2012, principally through ensuring that pre-conditions for the successful implementation of the project were met.
Project location
TURKEY
Project value
€116,640
Client
EC
The overall objective of this assignment was to enable persons with disabilities to have equal access to goods, services and all aspects of life as anybody else through the provision of a targeted grant scheme. The specific objectives of the projects were:

To support the Beneficiary in holding promotion and awareness raising activities for the target group of the grant scheme.

To support the beneficiary in drafting the Terms of Reference for a Large Technical Assistance
Project location
SERBIA
Project value
€1,186,200
Client
EC
The overall objective of this project was to support the implementation of human rights standards and minority protection in Serbia and to align them to EU standards. The project provided capacity building in a number of different areas to enable the Ministry for Human and Minority Rights (MHMR) to perform its overall co-ordination and co-operation function in the field of human and minority right protection and to respond to all obligations of international conventions and demands made by EU institutions.

This project revised developed the national mechanisms for the implementation of the decisions of UN treaty bodies, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) judgements and prevention, detection and monitoring cases of torture in compliance with the optional protocol to the Convention against torture. It also supported the development of a comprehensive monitoring system, as per the requirements of the UN and Council of Europe (CoE) bodies. In addition, support was provided for the institutional development of the existing 16 National Minority Councils by providing capacity building to existing staff and developing reporting procedures and tools.
Project location
KOSOVO
Project value
€190,000
Client
EC
The global objective of this assignment was to assist the Government of Kosovo, and more particularly the Office for Legal Support Services in the Office of the Prime Minister in coping with the legislative agenda that derives from the Kosovo Standards Implementation Plan. The specific objective of this project was to enhance the capacity in legal drafting through the provision of technical assistance to the government and line ministries to draft 4 pieces of legislation:

Draft Law on Chemical Products

Draft Law on Insurances in Kosovo

Draft Law on Health Care in the state of Extraordinary Circumstances

Draft Law on Agricultural Inspectorate
Project location
Serbia
Project value
Euro 1,969,250
Client
European Commission
A two-year 2 million euro technical assistance contract entitled ‘Strengthening the Capacities of the Ministry of Justice in line with the Requirements of the EU Accession Negotiation Process’ commenced on 15 May 2018. The project\'s main objective is to improve the justice sector in line with EU accession requirements in the area of the judiciary and fundamental rights (i.e. Chapter 23). This activity intensive project will concentrate on the following 3 main points:
  • Improvement of the normative framework and standards;
  • Support for the implementation of Ministry of Justice tasks as reflected in the Action Plan for the implementation of Chapter 23;
  • Support to the Ministry of Justice for improved coordination, monitoring and reporting on the Action Plan for Chapter 23 implementation.
The project will be activity-intensive and consist of two full-time experts with over 1,500 days of short terms expertise. Their work will range from legal, institutional and procedural analysis, to support with legal drafting, assistance with day-to-day Ministry of Justice activities, as well as trainings, roundtables and conferences, amongst other support.

Project location
Serbia
Project value
CHF 1,596,000
Client
State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO)

The Local Government Finance Reform Program in Serbia 2016-2018 (RELOF) is a SECO-funded Technical Assistance project. RELOF is based on the Swiss Co-operation Strategy Serbia 2014-2017 and supports six municipalities in Serbia, namely Vranje, Knjaževac, Para?in, Ose?ina, Sremska Mitrovica, and Užice, and local Public Enterprises (PEs). Additional Local Governments benefit from the Project through peer learning exchange. RELOF’s final beneficiaries are the residents of these municipalities and clients of the local PEs, who will benefit from better allocation and greater transparency of public spending and enhanced delivery of public services at the local level.

The overall objective of the Project is to improve Public Finance Management (PFM) capacities in the six RELOF municipalities in order to allow more effective and strategic allocation of available public resources and improve public service delivery. RELOF supports the attainment of 8 specific objectives which have been defined in six municipal Action Plans (APs), one for each RELOF municipality. Four cross-cutting activities complement the municipal APs with the aim of promoting reform momentum; fostering peer exchange and peer learning; strengthening co-ordination and dialogue with relevant PFM stakeholders at the central level and with other relevant PFM donors; developing professional capacities of municipal staff; and creating, through a change management approach, motivated change agents at the local level who understand the dynamics and benefits of change and are capable of effectively driving the reform agenda forward.

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