Support for applicant/candidate countries
Instrument for pre-accession assistance (IPA)
Adopting and implementing the EU acquis requires a modern and sophisticated administration and set of institutions, as well as a professional and politically neutral judiciary. Since 2007, both candidate countries and potential candidates have received focused EU funding and support in the form of technical assistance consist in the transfer of 'know how' through a single channel – the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance, or IPA. In the case of Iceland, IPA assistance is mainly provided in the form of institution-building and measures to support the implementation process and programme management. This can be in form of involving experts sent from EU Member States (e.g. twinning).
The total pre-accession funding for the period 2007-2013 is € 11.5 billion.
Technical Assistance and Information Exchange Instrument (TAIEX) supports partner countries with regard to the approximation, application and enforcement of EU legislation. It is largely demand driven and facilitates the delivery of appropriate tailor-made expertise to address issues at short notice. It also aims at providing technical training and peer assistance to partners and stakeholders of the beneficiary country. This can be in a form of training or a study visit made by a limited number of officials of the beneficiary country to Member State administrations. Expert missions from Brussels on the other hand involve usually one or two Member State experts travelling to beneficiary partner countries. They provide an opportunity to discuss draft legislation, present examples of best practices and lend assistance where requested
Since the meeting of Mr Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Štefan Füle, European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy, on 13 June 2013 in Brussels, and the following suspension of the negotiations on behalf of the Icelandic government, further IPA funding has been put on hold.Back to Iceland's accession negotiations with the EU