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Cooperation in "Twinning" projects

Cooperation in "Twinning" projects

Four Twinning projects implemented in frames of European Neighborhood Policy and supported by the Lithuanian government have been completed. These include the following:

1. “Support for the Anti-Corruption Department with the Prosecutor General of the Republic of Azerbaijan”

The key objective of the project was to improve the tools for reducing and combating corruption. The duration of the project was 24 months. The budget of the project amounted to 1,000,000 EUR.

The project had 5 key components:

1. Improving the regulatory base and procedural rules governing the Anti-Corruption Department (ACD) with the Prosecutor General of the Republic of Azerbaijan;

2. Improving ACD capacity to interact with various stakeholders in fighting corruption;

3. Enhancing skills and basic knowledge of ACD staff

4. Developing training capacity of the ACD designated staff

5. Increasing ACD's staff capacities to participate in running international cases of corruption

A memorandum on cooperation in the field of investigation and prevention of corruption and other legal violations was signed between the Prosecutor’s Offices of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Republic of Lithuania.

The project was completed on September 19, 2011. Based on the proposals developed in frames of the project, important amendments were made in the authorities, structure and staff number of the ACD and the professional level of the staff was increased.

2. “Support to the Milli Mejlis (Parliament) of the Republic of Azerbaijan”

The project was carried out in the “Rule of law” sector with an implementation period of 21 months.  950,000 EUR was allocated for the implementation of the project.

The Twinning project included 4 key components:

1. Supporting the process of the approximation to EU legislation;

2. Setting more effective cooperation links with executive bodies;

3. Developing methods for impact assessment;

4. Building up the knowledge of EU law

Mutual visits of the representatives of the Lithuanian Republic and the European Union, as well as relevant bodies of the Republic of Azerbaijan were organized as part of the project.

The project was finalized on December 20, 2011.

3." Strengthening of Radiation Safety Infrastructure and Development of Supporting Services of the Republic of Azerbaijan "

On February 18, 2013, the State Agency on Nuclear and Radiological Activity Regulation under the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Azerbaijan, together with the Radiation Protection Centre and the Central Project Management Agency of Lithuania, presented the new Twinning Project “Strengthening of Radiation Safety Infrastructure and Development of Supporting Services of the Republic of Azerbaijan”. The budget of the 24-month long project is 950,000 EUR.

The project’s purpose is to increase the surveillance of exposures from ionizing radiation in Azerbaijan and to enhance the energy policy convergence in the field of control of all types of radiation sources, to develop radiation safety culture, infrastructure and other supporting services based on the best EU practices and legislation in the field of radiation safety, to create a laboratory and facilitate its preparation for further accreditation.

The project was finalized in January, 2015.

4. "Strengthening the capacity of the Department of Tourism in the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan "

“Strengthening the capacity of the Department of Tourism in the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan” Twinning project was presented in the frames of the 12th Azerbaijan International Tourism and Travel Fair launched in Baku on April 4, 2013.

The 15-month long project’s budget was 950,000 EUR.

The Twinning project has 4 key directions:

1. Improving Azerbaijan’s standing in the travel and tourism competitiveness index;

2. Ensure more positive evaluation of the Tourism Department of the Ministry by the tourism industry;

3. Attract new public and private investments;

4. Ensure increase of tourist inflow to Azerbaijan and hence the revenues thereof.

The Tourism Department of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism cooperated with specialists from Austria and Lithuania within the framework of the project. Nazim Samadov, the Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan paid a visit to Vilnius on January 19 to 26 with respect to the implementation of the 4th component of the project, including study of experience in creation and management of tourism areas.

As part of the visit, the delegation met with European Spas Association, Druskininkai Tourism and Business Information Center, Druskininkai Municipality, Lithuanian Rural Tourism Association, the Ministry of Ecology of Lithuania and other organizations. The meetings focused on discussions covering IT in Tourism marketing, balanced resort planning, development trends of rural tourism and other types of tourism in the Republic of Lithuania, the role of resort associations in the development of tourism and other topics.

The project was finalized in June, 2014.

5. "“Support for Continuation of Reforms in the State Service System of Azerbaijan” 

“Support for Continuation of Reforms in the State Service System of Azerbaijan” Twinning project was presented in Baku on February 14, 2017.      

The budget of the project to be funded by the EU is 1.2 million manats (about $679,000). Partners in the project are the State Secretariat of Lithuania and Azerbaijan’s NEC. The two-year project aspires to contribute to greater development of the professional and stable civil service system in Azerbaijan, in accordance with the best practices of Europe.

The goal of the project is to support public administration in Azerbaijan, ensure exchange of best practices and assist in adaptation of national legislation to the EU standards. The project aims at increasing the potential of the NEC, and its fruitful activities, creating new job classification system and ensuring recruitment for public service in accordance with this system, as well as evaluating the performance of public servants.

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