Irrigated fields near Yamuna River in India
Yamuna River - Irrigated Fields.

TAIEF shares EU environmental policy experience with partner countries

For four years TAIEF has supported 82 events around the world, assisting the EU in promoting Europe’s global leadership in environmental policy.

30. Jan 2018

Since December 2013, the Directorate General for the Environment (DG ENV) has run a Environmental Technical Assistance and Information Exchange Facility (ENV – TAIEF), called TAEIF for short.

The project provided framework for the delivery of expertise on EU environment policies and instruments on short notice. The deliveries were made in response to demand from stakeholders in emerging and middle‐income countries in Asia, Latin America and Africa. The support of EU expertise was offered in three types of events: Expert missions, workshops and seminars, and EU study visits.

Project exceeded targts

Due to efficient implementation and close coordination with DG ENV, the project not only met its goals but also exceeded the indicators as the number of implemented events reached 82, which is almost 30% more than anticipated.

The success of the project was based on a demand-driven approach and tailor-made solutions with overseas partners defining the scope of needed TAIEF service.

Furthermore, direct personal contact and engagement of the TAIEF Team with partners at all application stages helped to clarify and streamline the process. This was further supported by efficient and clear administrative and logistics procedures. Last but not least, close collaboration with DG ENV, EU Delegations and EU partners facilitated the smooth project implementation to full satisfaction of all stakeholders.

Broad interest in EU experience

The obvious conclusion of the project is that there is a growing interest in EU environmental policy and implementation experiences and outcomes around the world. TAEIF demonstrated interest in policy harmonization, improved environmental protection and bridge-building.

The largest interest was in expert missions with 44 events, followed by study visits 24, and finally workshops/seminars 14 events. Most of the requests came from Asia (66% of events), mainly China, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, followed by Latin America, especially Brazil, and Africa. A wide range of EU experts, particularly from the UK, Portugal, Germany and the Netherlands, participated in the project.