Twinning Program

Twinning is a European Union instrument for institutional cooperation between Public Administrations of EU Member States (MS) and of Beneficiary Countries (BC). It was originally designed in 1998 to help candidate countries of the time to acquire the necessary skills and experience to adopt, implement and enforce EU legislation.


More specifically, in the IPA region, Twinning aims to provide support for the transposition, implementation and enforcement of the EU legislation (the Union acquis). It builds up capacities of beneficiary countries’ public administrations throughout the accession process, resulting in progressive, positive developments in the region.