The Technical Support Instrument is the European Commission’s key tool for supporting Member States in designing and implementing growth-enhancing and inclusive reforms. The TSI provides technical (not financial) support on demand. It can include strategic and legal advice, studies, training and expert visits on the ground. From healthcare, to sound public finances, from the digitalisation of education and public services, to strengthening the business environment and the financial sector, the Technical Support Instrument supports EU Member States with their reform agenda. The support is delivered through a wide range of providers, including international organisations, public bodies, the private sector and the Commission’s own staff.
Other EU technical support programmes and instruments
In addition to the Technical Support Instrument, the European Commission proposes additional programmes and instruments that can provide direct technical support to Member States for the preparation and implementation of reforms. The list below gives an overview of the main options available, by policy area. For more information on each programme and instrument, click on the icons in the list.
The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for Transport is the funding instrument to realise European transport infrastructure policy.
Cooperation programme to support the Customs Union and customs authorities working together and acting as one.
The EU4Health Programme is a key instrument for delivering a comprehensive response to the health needs of the European citizens.
The Fiscalis programme is a cooperation programme that enables national tax administrations to create and exchange information and expertise.
The Horizon Policy Support Facility gives Member States and countries associated to Horizon Europe practical support to design, implement and evaluate reforms that enhance the quality of their research and innovation investments, policies and systems.
The LIFE programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action that is supporting environmental, circular economy, nature conservation, climate action and sustainable energy projects.
TAIEX supports public administrations in the approximation, application and enforcement of EU legislation as well as in facilitating the sharing of EU best practices.
The Union Anti-fraud Programme (UAFP) pursues protection of the EU’s financial interests; specialised equipment, knowledge and training.
The Union Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM) co-finances projects that support UCPM Member and Participating States’ efforts in the field of disaster prevention and preparedness.