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    Calls for application

    The present call for applications for technical assistance support is open.

    Submission deadline: 30 September 2023

    The EPIC support application form is available here

    For more information on EPIC and the application process, please find detailed guidelines here.

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    The Facility for Eastern Partnership Investment in Connectivity (EPIC) offers Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine free advisory support and technical assistance to improve transport connections.

    Road, rail, air, maritime and intermodal transport projects are time and cost-intensive investments, which have an impact on economies and peoples’ lives for decades. Therefore, it is in everyone’s interest that project promotors plan thoroughly, according to current requirements and best international practices.

    EPIC is an initiative funded by the European Union (EU) and managed by the European Investment Bank (EIB), in cooperation with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the World Bank.

    We offer two types of support:

    • Advisory Support 
      Guidance and coaching provided directly by the EPIC Advisory Team, mainly drawing on the experience of the Joint Assistance to Support Projects in European Regions (JASPERS).
    • Technical Assistance 
      Services provided by consultancy companies.

    These two types of support are highly complementary and lead to the best results when combined.

    The EPIC Advisory Team usually works as follows:

    • Identify 
      Help beneficiaries identify promising projects.
    • Assess and scope 
      Help beneficiaries assess gaps in project preparation and scope the technical assistance needed to fill these gaps.
    • Assign and monitor 
      Assign consultants to provide the technical assistance and help beneficiaries monitor the consultant’s work to ensure high-quality outputs.

    EPIC support can cover

    Strategic orientation

    Support can be provided for transport sector studies, infrastructure investment programming, as well as project identification and prioritisation.

    Support for project preparation

    Advisory support and technical assistance can be provided to promoters related to the preparation of transport infrastructure projects, including  for instance pre-feasibility and feasibility studies, preliminary designs, Strategic Environmental Assessments (SEAs), Environmental (and Social) Impact Assessments (EIAs/ESIAs), Climate Change Vulnerability and Risk Assessments (CCVRA), safety audits.

    Methodological guidance

    Methodological guidance is available, for example, for the preparation of cost-benefit analyses, environmental and social impact assessments, multi-criteria analyses, climate proofing of infrastructure, etc.

    Support for project implementation

    Support to project implementation is available through on the job advice at arm’s length on selected issues, such as procurement strategies and processes, the preparation of tender documents and the establishment of Project Implementation Units (PIUs).

    Capacity strengthening and knowledge transfer

    The hands-on approach of the EPIC Advisory Team in its work with EaP promoters will strengthen institutional capacity in the countries concerned. Knowledge transfer will further be facilitated through dedicated training events, workshops and thematic working papers.

    Who is eligible

    EPIC can provide advisory support and technical assistance to public or private bodies in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.

    Typically, these may be:

    • Sub-sector authorities (e.g. roads authorities)
    • Public companies (e.g. railway companies)
    • Programme Management Units (PMUs) or similar
    • Private sector entities (e.g. intermodal transport centres owners/operators)

    EPIC’s central points of contact are typically the ministries of transport and infrastructure, or equivalent, responsible to select priority projects.

    Assignments supported by EPIC


    Country: Republic of Moldova
    Status: Ongoing
    Promoter: Ministry of Infrastructure and Regional Development 

    The Ministry of Infrastructure and Regional Development of the Republic of Moldova intends to prepare a National Mobility Strategy for the country for the period 2023-2030. The Ministry has requested the support of the Delegation of the European Union (EUD) to the Republic of Moldova. The EUD is procuring a study for the preparation of the strategy, and draft Terms of Reference for the preparation of an Investment Programme and Action Plan to implement the strategy.

    EPIC advisory support to the Ministry and the EUD is provided for:

    • the preparation of the Terms of Reference for the study procured by the EUD, and
    • ensuring the quality of the deliverables of the consultants.


    Country: Republic of Moldova
    Status: Ongoing
    Promoter: Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Moldova (MoF) through its Customs Service

    Increasing logistics and inland freight terminal (IFT) capacity in Moldova has been recognised essential for the development of trade relationships between Moldova and the EU. The Indicative TEN-T Investment Action Plan of 2018 mentions the development of a logistics centre in Chisinau as a Quick Win project, and the Economic and Investment Plan for the Eastern Partnership lists the project Boosting EU-Moldova trade — construction of an inland freight terminal in Chisinau as Flagship Project #2.

    In a first step towards the development of the Chisinau IFT, EPIC is providing advisory support for setting up and formalising an adequate institutional structure for project preparation and implementation.

    The scope of the advisory support includes:

    • support to define and establish a Steering Committee, a Working Group and a Project Implementation Unit for the project,
    • support to the definition of the project development and implementation process,
    • support to the preparation of Terms of Reference for the feasibility study for the project, and
    • ad-hoc advice on matters that may arise.

    Chisinau ring road - Pre-feasibility and feasibility studies for sections 4, 5 & 6

    Country: Republic of Moldova
    Status: Ongoing
    Promoter: State Enterprise State Road Administration (SRA) under the auspices of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Regional Development (MIRD)

    Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, with more than 650 000 inhabitants, is an important urban node where numerous transport flows and important roads intersect. Currently, a large share of the transit traffic crosses the city, instead of bypassing it. This creates a multitude of issues, related to the health and safety of the population and the road users, the exposure of the population to noise and pollution, as well as low levels of service. It is expected that the completion of the Chisinau ring road (part of the TEN-T) will substantially improve the situation and is considered of highest priority for the country.

    EPIC assistance to the MIRD/SRA for the completion of the Chisinau ring road includes both advisory support provided by the EPIC Advisory Team and Technical Assistance provided by consultants. The advisory support includes:

    • scoping of the Technical Assistance (TA) services necessary to take the project towards financing and implementation, including the preparation of the Terms of Reference for the studies, the procurement and contracting of the consultant,
    • ensuring the quality of the deliverables of the consultants, and
    • any ad-hoc advice that may become necessary in the project development process.

    Technical Assistance offered through EPIC includes pre-feasibility and feasibility studies, covering all relevant aspects, including traffic demand analysis, definition of alternatives, technical studies, environmental and social impact assessment, climate risk assessment, road safety assessment, as well as economic assessment.