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Egyptian-Austrian EU-Twinning Agreement  Tourism Sector 

5. March 2007

The first twinning agreement on tourism between the European Union and Egypt was signed  

On February 26, 2007, the first twinning agreements between the European Union and Egypt in the sectors tourism and postal services were signed in the presence of HE Tarek Kamel, Minister of Communication and Information Technology, HE Zoheir Garranah, Minister of Tourism, and HE Klaus Ebermann, Ambassador to the Delegation of the European Commission in Cairo. The twinning program was launched in 1998 by the European Commission as an instrument for targeted administrative cooperation in order to assist candidate countries of the European Union. It is now accessible to Egypt under the new European Neighbourhood Policy. The twinning instrument will play an important role in the implementation of the EU/Egypt Action Plan.

Partners of the twinning project  “Institutional Strengthening of the Egyptian Tourism Authority”  which is funded by 2.3 million Euro, are the Egyptian Tourism Authority (ETA) and the Austrian Agency for European Integration and Economic Development (AEI). The Austrian organization was chosen to work together with its Egyptian counterpart on capacity upgrading and modernization of ETA’s structures, systems, management and human resource processes as well as on introducing international best practices of National Tourism Organisations to ETA’s core task of marketing Egyptian tourism. The twinning will include the permanent secondment of officials from Austria to their Egyptian counterpart’s administration as well as training, coaching, and peer-to-peer work in selected areas.
AEI is an Austrian twinning agency with the membership of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Finance, the Austrian Federal Ministry of Economics and Labour, the Austrian Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Women and Health. The agency acts as an Austrian inter-ministerial platform for international projects and has carried out 39 Twinning Projects in several beneficiary countries of the EU, covering many different issues.