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The tradition of international relations and cooperation in Agency is alive from its inception. Delegations of CFCUs, Ministries of Finances and other institutions have visited the Agency from the following countries: Moldova, Macedonia, United Kingdom, Montenegro, Turkey, Estonia, Latvia, Albania, France, Belgium, Check Republic, Croatia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Romania, Poland and Finland. Also, Agency experts have gone to other countries receiving EU support to share their experience about EU financial support and administration. These site visits by Agency experts took place in the following countries: Ireland, Sweden, Finland, Holland, Belgium, UK, Scotland, Estonia and etc.
Over time, the international relations have expanded and traditions of international cooperation have changed. International cooperation is understood not only as the improvement of organization learning from expertise of foreign partners, but also as a development actively sharing the accumulated best practice.

Due to our extensive experience in pre-accession instruments, the supervision of Special programmes, and two Structural instruments periods, ESFA has gained considerable respect from other countries and is actively sharing and cooperating with them in its practical experience and deep expertise in the field of efficient management, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and the administration of the Operational Human Resources Development.
 

For almost 9 years, experts from the Agency has shared their experience and provided assistance to candidate countries preparing for EU accession through the Twinning program. The following exemplify our support:

 Macedonia

Twinning project No MK10/IB/SO/O1TWL Support to the monitoring and control of the OP HRD funded operations, 2014

Twinning project No MK/07/IB/SO/01EU support for the preparation of the country to manage the European Social Fund through implementation of the Human Resources Development component of IPA instrument, 2011-12

 

 Montenegro

Twinning project No MN11/IB/SO/01TWL Support to the Operating Structure of the Operational Programme “Human Resources Development” to ensure its preparation to fulfilling the functions and responsibilities related to the management of the Operational Programme, 2013-14

 

 Kosovo

Twinning project No KS/11/IB/OT01 Further support to Public administration reform, 2011-12

 

 Croatia

Twinning project No HR/08/IB/SPP02 Enhancement of Capacity for Effective Management of EU Cohesion Policy Funds, 2011-13

 

 Lithuania

Twinning project No 205/017-494-02-01 Protection of the Financial Interests of the Community and Combating Fraud, 2007-08


In the recent years, the Agency, together with experienced partners, has been participating as a MS Body Responsible for Implementation of the following projects:

 

 Montenegro

Twinning project No MN11/IB/SO/01TWL Support to the Operating Structure of the Operational Programme “Human Resources Development” to ensure its preparation to fulfilling the functions and responsibilities related to the management of the Operational Programme, 2013-14

 

On the 27th of October, 2014 the EU Delegation to the Republic of Moldova announced that Lithuanian institutions were awarded the contract to implement the EU Twinning project in Moldova. The Agency is  in charge of the financial and administrative management of the project:

 Moldova

Twinning project No MD14/ENP/OT18 Support to the Civil Service Modernisation in the Republic of Moldova in line with EU best practices, 2015-16

On 21st of December, 2015 the European Union Delegation to the Republic of Macedonia had announced that Lithuanian institutions were awarded the contract to implement a half-year EU Twinning Light Project "Strengthening the quality assurance and control of the educational system". The Agency is  in charge of the financial and administrative management of the project:

 Macedonia

Twinning project No MK13/IPA/SO/02/15/TWL Strengthening the quality assurance and control of the educational system, 2016