Seven (7) projects will be supported by the Technical Support Instrument (TSI) for the implementation of policy reforms and capacity building of the public administration.
Parliamentary Secretary for European Funds Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi said that the seven successful projects cover a variety of policy areas and sectors, including governance, coastal protection, financial support for enterprises, digitalisation and sustainable development. Furthermore, representatives from several ministries will also participate in training related to green budgeting which is also being supported through the TSI programme.
The Technical Support Instrument (TSI) is a centralised programme managed directly by the European Commission that provides tailor-made support to EU countries to enhance their administrative capacity, as well as facilitate the development and implementation of reforms. Parliamentary Secretary Zrinzo Azzopardi said that “the interest amongst national bodies for expertise to implement reforms has been increasing year on year with this call under the new TSI instrument representing the highest number of submitted projects to the European Commission.” He said that these new funds under the TSI build on Malta’s positive track record under the Structural Reform Support Programme (SRSP), where a total of 36 projects since 2017.
Principal Permanent Secretary Mr Mario Cutajar welcomed this positive outcome and said, “For yet another year we have secured significant EU funds for the Public Administration in support of smart, sustainable, and socially responsible reforms in Malta. A strong Public Administration is critical to strengthen the resilience of our economy and society.
These funds will therefore support our service delivery to citizens and address future challenges.” The areas of support under the TSI aim to build on the successful implementation of initiatives previously supported under the SRSP programme and contribute to other European-wide commitments such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the green and digital transitions, amongst others.