The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia wants to become member of the EU. To help achieve this goal, the EU provides continuous support and financial assistance so that the country can undertake any necessary reforms.
Since 2007, the Instrument for Pre-accession (IPA) has enabled the country to focus on making changes in five key areas:
- Institution building,
- Cross-border cooperation,
- Regional development,
- Human resources, and
- Rural development.
Between 2007-2013, the EU provided the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia with €622 million through the IPA. (The country also benefited from the regionally focused IPA Multi-beneficiary Programme.)
IPA II is now providing similar assistance between 2014 and 2020, through a funding allocation of €664.2 million.
Technical Assistance and Information Exchange (TAIEX)
The EU also offers support through the TAIEX instrument, which helps partner countries become acquainted with, apply and enforce EU laws.
TAIEX funds short-term technical assistance, advice and training.
TAIEX assistance is open to:
- civil servants
- judiciary and law enforcement authorities
- parliaments/legislative bodies and their staff
- professional/commercial associations, workers and employers' groups
- translators and revisers of legislative texts.
In addition, the TAIEX Local Administration Facility (LAF) supports seminars on key EU policies which have an impact at local level for both elected members and permanent officials of local and regional authorities.