TAF is a system that promotes, plans and implements demand-driven assistance, in direct co-operation and coordination with relevant agencies of the beneficiary countries, the project partners, and other eventual collaborators.
TAF’s expected results are an enhanced expertise and intensified promotion of good practices on drug-supply, drug-demand reduction and crosscutting issues, compliant with international human rights standards and coherent with EU strategies and policies.
TAF provides, through its demand-driven technical assistance, short-term, tailor-made technical advice and peer-to-peer cooperation to countries and regional organisations along the so-called "heroin route" from Afghanistan (1).
This component enables short-term transfer of knowledge, practices and experience to support partner countries and (regional) organisations in improving different aspects of their drug policies and response in a holistic manner both regarding drug-supply and drug-demand reduction aspects as well as relevant cross-cutting issues, corresponding to their national and/or institutional priorities and needs.
By its nature, the TAF is expected to produce cumulative impacts and touch upon a wide range of constituents, entities and processes nationally, regionally and trans-regionally. The facility is aimed to promote a unified approach of EU standards and best practices in line with the EU Drugs Strategy and Action Plan and the EU Agenda on Security, in full compliance with international human rights standards, good governance principles and the rule of law, whilst ensuring that policy, research and best practices are inter-linked.
The flexible design of the targeted assistance is designed to facilitate dialogue with partner countries and open new channels of co-operation in the area of drugs with countries that had not received EU assistance in this area before, and also strengthen multi-stakeholder engagement in this field. To the extent possible, focus shall be given to structural activities instead of one-off interventions. Countries that do not fall under the scope of Component 1 (2) have priority for TAF interventions.
(1):The Project covers broadly South Asia (Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan), Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan), Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine), Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo) and Turkey, as well as key countries in East Africa (indicatively Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia) and South-Africa.
(2): Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, Georgia, Pakistan and Tanzania
The EU-ACT Project can provide on-demand technical assistance, inter alia, in the following areas, prioritizing on policy/strategic aspects:
The requests to TAF can be made either from relevant entities, organizations, institutions and agencies in countries that fall within the project's geographical scope, or regional organisations (ex. CARICC, ECO).
Thus, the Project can receive and study applications from Law Enforcement Agencies, Security Services, Prosecutors Offices, Courts, Parliaments’ Legislative Departments, Ombudspersons Offices, Prison authorities, Ministries of Security, Interior, Justice, Education, Health and its departments, as well as relevant academic institutions, civil society and non-governmental organizations focusing on the drug trafficking, organized crime and cross-cutting issues. Relevant international and regional organizations (ex. CARICC, ECO, etc.) can also apply for TAF support.
The first step is to send an email to DP.FIIAPP@EU-ACT.INFO with copy to TAF@EU-ACT.INFO with the clear identification of the sender, their position and the entity they make part of, and a summary of the proposed activity(ies) to be supported by TAF.
The Project will contact you for further steps within a maximum of two weeks-time.
Applications can be submitted any time, but preferably six months in advance of the expected time to be implemented, in order to be included in the regular EU-ACT Project planning cycle. The Project will only consider those applications submitted later than three months prior to the dates when the proposed activity (-ies) are expected to be delivered / organized, in exceptional circumstances.
It means that: