Technical Support Instrument (TSI)

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The Technical Support Instrument (TSI) is the EU programme that provides tailor-made technical expertise to EU Member States to design and implement reforms.  The support is demand driven and does not require co-financing from Member States. 
Smart, sustainable and socially responsible reforms help to strengthen the resilience of our economies and societies. The TSI offers Member States a unique service to help them tackle reform challenges. The support can take the form of, for example, strategic and legal advice, studies, training and expert visits on the ground. It can cover any phase in the reform process. From preparation and design to development and implementation of the reforms.
The technical support is provided in a wide range of policy areas. Member States can also request support to prepare, amend, implement and revise their national recovery and resilience plans under the Recovery and Resilience Facility.
By providing on the ground support to overcome reform challenges, the TSI helps Member States to recover from the social and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, to improve the quality of public services and to reinforce sustainable and inclusive economic growth. The TSI is the successor programme of the Structural Reform Support Programme (2017-2020) and builds on its experience in building capacity in Member States. The European Commission's Directorate-General for Structural Reform Support (DG REFORM) manages the TSI.

Main features of the TSI:

  • starts with a request for support from an EU Member State within specified deadlines
  • requests for technical support to projects are submitted via the Office of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia, which ranks the requests received according to national priority
  • the current deadline for requests is 31 October 2021
  • the European Commission assessed the requests received
  • the Commission launches calls within the TSI to provide Member States with technical support, assesses the requests submitted and makes a selection.
  • the agreement is concluded between the European Commission and the selected provider of technical support measures, while the Member State is the beneficiary
  • provides a unique combination of expertise from the European Commission, EU Member States’  national administrations, international organisations and/or the private sector
  • strengthens the capacity of an EU Member State to carry out reforms
  • requires no co-financing.

Types of support

EU Member States can request technical support under the TSI to:
  • implement resilience-enhancing reforms in the context of EU economic governance, such as those arising from country-specific recommendations under the European Semester and by virtue of implementing EU law
  • to prepare, amend, implement and revise national recovery and resilience plans under the Recovery and Resilience Facility.
  • implement economic adjustment programmes
  • implement reforms undertaken at their own initiative.


An EU Member State wishing to receive technical support submits a request to the Commission via a national Coordinating Authority. This request must be submitted by 31 October of each year.
The Commission analyses the requests received and enters into dialogue with the national Coordinating Authorities to assess the country' specific needs and the options to support the design and implementation of the reforms.
Support may be provided directly through the Commission’s in-house expertise or with other providers of technical support:
  • experts from EU Member States' national administrations (TAIEX)
  • international organisations
  • private firms and consultancies
  • individual experts from the private sector.