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EU and Israel Partnership

The EU and Israel share a long common history since the establishment of the state. After World War II, a tradition of economic cooperation was laid between Europe and the State of Israel, which matured in 1975 with a free trade agreement including technological and scientific cooperation. 
Three years after the establishment of the European Union (with the Maastricht Treaty in 1992) an Association Agreement was signed with Israel which constitutes the legal framework for joint activities in the field of international trade, as well as in political, social and cultural areas.​

What is a Twinning Project?

Twinning projects are a European initiative to help countries to adopt, implement and enforce legislation and procedures that EU countries agreed upon. The tool was first designed to support candidate countries or countries in their accession process to the EU. With the launching of the European Neighborhood Policy, EU neighboring countries in Eastern Europe and in the Mediterranean could use it too. Twinning projects are awarded to member countries institutions, following a call for proposals, and are managed by them. Twinning projects include a wide range of activities, in which experts from the EU support beneficiary countries in achieving designated results in various fields.

The European Union Twinning project with the Central Bureau of Statistics

The Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics has partnered with Statistics Denmark with the support of Statistics Netherlands and Statistics Finland to implement a 20 months Twinning project (May 2013 - December 2015). The overall objective of the Twinning project is to improve the quality and international comparability of Israel official statistics in key domains.

The objectives of the Twinning project are:

  •  To support the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics in aligning National Accounts, Educations Statistics and Survey Methodology to the EU and other international organizations standards and guidelines.
  • To enable the ICBS to better coordinate the National Statistical System and prepare a strategic plan for official statistics, including a dissemination and communication strategy.​
  • To help redesign the ICBS website to meet users' needs.

Topics, expected results and activity reports

The Twinning project is organized in five separate components. For each component, expected results have been specified and activities designed.

ComponentExpected results
Activities' reports​
Final Reports
​Component A - National Accounts
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Component C - Coordination of the National Statistical System and Strategic Planning​
​​Component D​​ - Survey Methodology​nose_pic.gifteud1.jpg
Component E - ICBS Website​