The Special Investigation Service of the Republic of Lithuania (herein – STT) won the bidding in the Twinning Program of the European Union for providing assistance to the Anticorruption Department with the Prosecutor General of the Republic of the Azerbaijan. Last week the STT and the European Commission signed the contract on project implementation.
The bid of the STT for assistance to Azerbaijan was found to be more responsive than the bids presented by the law enforcement institutions of the United Kingdom and Estonia -Finland, and Germany – Romania consortia.
It is envisaged that during 2009 and 2010 the STT will provide consulting, organise training and seminars on improvement of corruption combat methods, its officers will act as experts and share experience in prosecution and corruption prevention areas.
The value of the project is 1 million Eur. This is one of the first projects of such range awarded to a Lithuanian institution having independently submitted the bid.
The Twinning Program of the European Union (herein- Program) was launched in 1998 on the initiative of the European Commission and its main aim is to assist the beneficiary countries to strengthen the capacities of institutions seeking to implement the requirements of the EU Acquis Communautaire or to come closer to them. The Program is one of the most important instruments of the European Commission earmarked for public administration institutions capacities development.