Technical Assistance Facility

Concept and objectives of the Technical Assistance Facility

The Technical Assistance Facility (TAF) is an instrument created in the EuroMed Justice IV project with the aim of providing SPCs flexible and tailored capacity building in priority areas, based on the identification of needs and gaps by ENI SPCs. It is a demand-driven instrument which falls under the new flexibility and bottom-up approach of EuroMed Justice.

The TAF can be used to support requests from regional, sub-regional and – in exceptional cases – individual countries.

The TAF will be on going throughout the project and will be implemented through the procedures established within the TAF Operating Manual.

Description of the mechanism. Steps.

  1. Identification of the common needs in priority areas
  2. Drafting a “TAF request”
  3. Submission of the “TAF request” to the Project Management Team
  4. Analysis by the Project Management Team: verification of criteria and assessment
  5. Decision by the European Commission
  6. Implementation of the requested activity

As this identification of common needs in priority areas can naturally arise when implementing the project activities, the Project Management Team will foster the use of the TAF by the SPCs when the activities are being implemented. Besides, the Project Management Team (PMT) could also in this way support the SPCs on the best way to present a request. For example, if during the implementation of a specific activity of the EMJ Experts Group the participants identify another future activity that can be implemented under the EMJ IV objectives and which addresses a specific need of some countries, these countries could file a request to the PMT in order to implement this future activity under the TAF instrument.

Criteria to be met by the request

  1. To belong to EuroMed Justice thematic areas of regional cooperation
  2. To contribute to the achievement of the overall objective and purposes of the EuroMed Justice.
  3. Not to duplicate or overlap with another activity foreseen in the EuroMed Justice project or other projects.
  4. To respond to a specific need and/or gap identified by the SPCs.
  5. Preference for regional requests or submitted by a large number of SPCs.



13 – 16 March 2023 | EuroMed Environmental Justice Week
EuroMed Justice Programme organised the “EuroMed Environmental Justice Week” connecting Algiers and Verona on both Mediterranean shores.

13 – 15 September 2022 | Round table on the development of curricula on international judicial cooperation in criminal matters
EuroMed Justice, the Belgian Judicial Training Institute and the Romanian National Institute of Magistracy have co-hosted a round table on the development of the curricula on international judicial cooperation in criminal matters in South Partner Countries (SPC) and European Union Member States.

22 – 23 June 2022 | Euromed and South Partner Countries discuss environmental justice in Mediterranean Sea
Judicial practitioners from EU Member States and the South Partner Countries (SPCs) shared good practices for the more effective application of environmental law.

8 – 10 March 2022 | Round table for practice sharing organised in Bucharest, Romania
Round table for practice sharing on the development of curricula on international judicial cooperation in criminal matters by judicial training institutes

01 – 03 February 2022 | Operational and experience-sharing workshop organised in Belgium
New technical assistance facility (TAF) workshop organised in Belgium on sharing experience on international exchange of information for the detection and recovery of criminal assets between the Belgian and Lebanese competent authorities.

8 – 10 November 2021 | Regional Workshop on combatting hate online
The first Technical Assistance Facility organised under the Technical Assistance Facility component of the EMJ Programme. Joint activity organised together between the French Embassy in Jordan and the Jordanian judicial authorities.