Technical and Financial Cooperation

The Action Plan concluded under the European Neighbourhood Policy with Israel helped give new energy and focus to EU-Israel relations. Its objective is to gradually integrate Israel into European policies and programmes. Every step taken is determined by both sides and the Action Plan is tailor-made to reflect Israel’s interests and priorities as well as its level of development.

Israel benefits from the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI), the funding instrument, that responds to the evolving relations between the EU and its partner countries, continues to ensure the success of the democratisation process and improves economic and social development in the EU’s immediate neighbourhood. It supports the reform process already undertaken by the partner countries themselves.

For the first time, in July 2008, the EU and Israel signed a financing agreement to allow support for Israel under the European Neighbourhood Policy Action Plan. The EU has allocated a total of €14 million for the period 2007-2013 to support such activities. The Twinning  instrument covers institutional cooperation between Public Administrations of EU Member States and beneficiary or partner countries. Since 2007 11 Twining projects have been implemented in Israel.

TAIEX is the Technical Assistance and Information Exchange instrument of the European Commission. TAIEX supports public administrations with regard to the approximation, application and enforcement of EU legislation as well as facilitating the sharing of EU best practices. It is largely needs-driven and delivers appropriate tailor-made expertise to address issues at short notice in three ways: workshops; expert missions; and study visits. Since 2006 more than 100  Israeli TAIEX events have been held in Israel and in Europe.

ENI funding also helps to support the unit in the Israeli Ministry of Education that conducts the Euromed Youth programme and the unit in the Council of Higher Education that conducts the TEMPUS programme.

Israeli non-governmental bodies are eligible for support under a variety of programmes funded under ENI as well as under other EU budgets. For more information see Projects.

ISERD – The Israel-Europe R&D Directorate, is an Israeli inter-ministerial body that aims at promoting joint Israeli-EU R&D ventures within the EU’s R&D Framework Programme. For more information see Scientific Cooperation.