Twinning is an instrument for the cooperation between Public Administrations of EU Member States (MS) and of beneficiary countries. Beneficiaries include candidate countries and potential candidates to EU membership, as well as countries covered by the European Neighbourhood Policy.

More specifically, in the IPA region, Twinning aims to provide support for the transposition, implementation and enforcement of the EU legislation (the acquis).

It also strives to share good practices developed within the EU with beneficiary public administrations and to foster long-term relationships between administrations of existing and future EU countries.

Twinning projects are built around EU policy objectives agreed between the public authorities of the beneficiary country and the Member States. They include a broad variety of activities implemented by experts from Member States, leading to the achievement of mandatory results.

Two Project Leaders (one on behalf of the Member State leading the project, the other of the beneficiary administration) and a Resident Twinning Adviser (RTA) are the backbone of Twinning projects. The RTA coordinates the project and is seconded from the lead MS to the beneficiary administration for a minimum of 12 months. The work plan of a Twinning project usually foresees expert missions, training events and awareness raising visits.

EU-Twinning project in the Czech Republic: State Treasury, reorganization of budgetary processes and of IT-organisation

The Czech Finance Ministry has set as a goal for itself to centralise its IT operations and services, with Austria’s successful e-government projects serving as models. Our international consultants, specialised in organisational and IT projects in the area of public administration provide support to our neighbours.
The Ministry of Finance of the Czech Republic has a decentralised structure for its IT; the various main areas, such as tax authorities or customs, each have their own IT department.

The distribution of competences and the development of the Ministry over the years have led to a heterogenic IT landscape, varying processes in application operation and several computing centre locations.

In order to optimise the Czech Finance Ministry’s IT processes and use synergies wisely, the intention is to centralise the entire IT, with Austria’s successfully implemented
e-government projects serving as models. As the core Austrian federal IT service provider, the BRZ GmbH delivers consulting and hands-on project support to the Czech Republic in connection with their restructuring plans.

EU-Twinning Project PHARE: Eurocustoms Romania

Aim of this project in Romania was the know-how transfer in the area of EU customs applications for the Romanian Ministry of Finance.

As of the beginning of the EU membership of Romania the "EU compatibility" of the Romanian methods must be guaranteed, we also consulted the client on how to design an efficient information, training and organizational structure at the same time.

BRZ services provided are business modeling, analysis and design.

The State Enterprise Centre of Registers (SECR) in Vilnius has been commissioned to set up and maintain a Legal Entity Register (LER). Within the framework of an EU-Twinning Project, experts from different countries developed and clarified the legal, organisational and technical requirements and framework conditions. BRZ consultants launched an efficient workflow organisation as well as measures to successfully administer the register. As a result, the SECR is now capable of handling customer needs optimally and maintaining the register in a cost-efficient way.

The Lithuanian Ministry of Justice commissioned the State Enterprise Centre of Registers (SECR) in Vilnius to centrally maintain a Legal Entity Register (LER) as of 1 January 2004 (the LER includes inter alia the equivalents of the Austrian Register of Companies and the Register of Associations). Until then, this register had been administered by local authorities.

Within the framework of an EU-Twinning Project directed by the Austrian Centre of Legal Competence (CLC), a number of legal, IT and organisational experts from several different countries were brought in.