International technical assistance (ITA) of European Union (EU) to Belarus, as well as other newly independent states, began providing in 1991. Since then, under the TACIS program implemented four program periods (1991-1992, 1993-1995, 1996-1999 and 2000-2006). Since 2007 the EU provided ITA to partner-countries through a set of external assistance instruments in the framework of the next programming period: 2007-2013 and the 2014-2020 period.
The periodic nature of the provision of international technical assistance to partner countries linked to the EU budget planning, as well as the need to analyze the methodological approaches to its organization and implementation so that the c taking into account the lessons learned to bring new approaches and best practices in the preparation and implementation of programs and projects, as well as make changes to the EU documents to provide such assistance. On the eve of every new programming period to the European Commission reviewed the key documents of the EU, establishing the external assistance instruments for the period, as well as strategy papers providing technical assistance, the indicative program budgets at the level of individual programs, and the country level.
Republican bodies of state administration, local authorities, the Coordination Office as the representatives of Belarus, are also involved in the preparation of programs for the current period. In the course of their work they are based on national and sectoral instruments of socio-economic development of Belarus, as well as the needs of the country in the ITA, as reflected in the National Programme of International Technical Assistance for 2012-2016, important in this work is the keeping and use of past experience.
On January 1, 2014 began a new calculated until December 31, 2020 period, providing technical assistance to the partner countries of the EU, including Belarus.