This technical assistance falls within the framework of the EU-ASEAN strategic partnership with a view to boost EU-ASEAN relations and provide a framework for strengthened cooperation. To frame EU co-operation to the region for 2014-2020, EUR 170 million allocation has been dedicated to ASEAN, including EUR 85 million to support ASEAN regional economic integration and Aid for Trade actions. The overall EU support in ASEAN is addressing (i) Regional Integration Support by the EU (ARISE) – this project, (ii) Monitoring Integration Progress and Statistics (COMPASS); (iii) ASEAN IPR (ECAP III); and (iv) ASEAN Air Transport Integration. This part of the programme is centred on regional integration edification & monitoring and has the objective to support greater economic integration in ASEAN through the implementation of the ASEAN Economic Community Blueprint 2025. Expected results are: • Implementation of the ASEAN Trade Facilitation Framework (ATFF) and implementation of ATIGA in addressing non-tariff barriers (NTBs), in particular through ATR/NTR, ASSIST, an ASEAN-wide self-certification of product origin scheme, and maintaining an NTM database; • Implementation of harmonised Standards and Mutual Recognition Arrangements in specific sectors; • Harmonisation of customs and transport facilitation procedures through the operationalisation of the ASEAN Single Window (ASW); development of an Implementation Framework for the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Multimodal Transport (AFAMT) and Implementing Guidelines of the ASEAN Framework Agreement on the Facilitation of Cross-Border Transport of Passengers by Road Vehicles (CBTP); and implementation of the ASEAN Customs Transit System (ACTS); • Enhancement of the ASEAN Economic Community integration monitoring framework through better monitoring of the progress and outcomes/impact of regional integration to facilitate the implementation of measures, and enhanced outreach and reporting. Three main results were expected in the areas of trade-related technical regulations and policy, food safety and customs: • Trade-related technical regulations and policy: Strengthened capacity and transparency of the Indian technical regulatory agencies in the areas of: (i) industrial standards, (ii) technical regulations and policy documents (impact analysis of trade measures and development of trade-related legislation), (iii) product safety and quality management, (iv) product cycle risk management, as well as in support to compliance with REACH requirements in the chemical and related sectors; • Food Safety: Improved food safety standards and increased capacity of SPS government agencies for: (i) export certification, (ii) testing, (iii) accreditation, (iv) conformity assessment, (v) risk management and (vi) safety/quality standards enforcement throughout the food export value chain. In particular institutional capacity of the Indian Food Safety and Standards Authority (FSSA) increased to be in line with international standards; • Customs: Enhanced knowledge and capacity of customs regulatory and training institutions to implement more efficiently Indian customs procedures in line with international best practices to set up a post clearance audit (PCA) function in Indian Customs and strengthen the capacity to implement it. • Training SPS principles and EU regulations is aiming to improve agricultural value chain with better control of safety and quality of the products along the chain. Hazard assessment across all value chains can be carried out and points of intervention are more easily identified. The integration of value chain and analysis of risks practices proved useful and represent the way forward for food safety experts working in developing countries. The project contributed to enhance the EU-India Policy Dialogue in a number of key fields such as Trade (food safety, plant health, animal health and welfare, TBT), Energy (GHG, EMC), Tax and Customs, Telecommunications and Forestry.

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