The Technical Support Instrument (TSI) is the EU programme that provides tailor-made technical expertise to EU Member States to design and implement reforms.The support is demand driven and does not require co-financing from Member States. It is an important pillar of the EU’s initiative to help Member States mitigate the economic and social consequences of the outbreak of the COVID-19 crisis.
Smart, sustainable and socially responsible reforms help to strengthen the resilience of our economies and societies. The TSI offers Member States a unique service to help them tackle reform challenges. The support can take the form of, for example, strategic and legal advice, studies, training and expert visits on the ground. It can cover any phase in the reform process. From preparation and design to development and implementation of the reforms.
The technical support is provided in a wide range of policy areas, including but not limited to climate action, digital transition and health. Member States can also request support to prepare, amend, implement and revise their national recovery and resilience plans under the Recovery and Resilience Facility.
By providing on the ground support to overcome reform challenges, the TSI helps Member States to recover from the social and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, to improve the quality of public services and to reinforce sustainable and inclusive economic growth. The TSI is the successor programme of the Structural Reform Support Programme (2017-2020) and builds on its experience in building capacity in Member States. The European Commission's Directorate-General for Structural Reform Support (DG REFORM) manages the TSI.
The coordinating authority of the TSI in Latvia is the Ministry of Finance, which ensure the submission of applications to the DG REFORM, as well as coordinates negotiations with DG REFORM.
Within TSI framework, the Ministry of Interior has implemented the following projects:
- Improving the efficiency of institutions in the home affairs sector in Latvia;
- Improving the efficiency of institutions in the home affairs sector in Latvia (Phase 2);
- Improving the efficiency of institutions in the home affairs sector in Latvia (Phase 3);
- General technical support for the implementation of the Latvia's Recovery and Resilience Plan in Latvia.