The Technical Support Instrument (TSI) is the EU programme that provides tailor-made technical expertise to EU Member States to design and to implement reforms at the national level, with an emphasis on the green and digital transitions. The TSI also supports the preparation and implementation of Recovery and Resilience Plans. TSI 2022 main novelties are the multi-country projects, geared at addressing common issues among Member States thereby underlying the EU added-value of the instrument, and the "Flagship" projects, supporting reforms which are largely needed across Member States and are in line with the EU priorities.
Initiated in 2021, the TSI is the successor of the Structural Reform Support Programme (SRSP). Since 2017, both programmes have helped design, develop and implement over 1500 reform projects in 27 Member States.
7 NEW PROJECTS SELECTED UNDER TSI 2022
With the second round of the TSI, the Commission will support Latvia with 7 projects in the areas of development of public sector innovation and digitalisation; strengthening corruption prevention; enhancing cooperation of regional and local authorities as well as improving the use of health technology assessment in decision-making. 2 of those projects are multi-country projects.
Examples of new projects adopted include:
54 COMPLETED AND ONGOING REFORM PROJECTS
Latvia has so far benefited from 54 projects financed by the TSI or its predecessor, the Structural Reform Support Programme (SRSP). This support has addressed a broad range of policy areas, including healthcare, anticorruption, anti-money-laundering, tax compliance, tax fraud and evasion, better governance and public administration, justice, capital markets, energy and climate.
A particular focus has been on the health system, the governance of central and local administrations, and the taxation policy. To date, 29 projects have been successfully concluded.
The European Commission supported Latvia to reduce the tax gap and to enhance public revenues.
The European Commission supported Latvia to improve the national judicial systems, through digitalisation and the extended use of mediation as an effective system of alternative dispute resolution.
In the context of Latvia’s Public Administration Reform Plan 2020, the Commission supported the reorganisation of the interior sector, which accounts for the largest share of the Latvian state budget.