Lithuania Won the 100th EU Twinning Project
The State Medicines Control Agency (SMCA) together with the Central Project Management Agency won the first EU Twinning programme project this year and the 100th counting since 2004. The project aim is to help Macedonia harmonise the legislation for medicinal products with EU legislation and building capacities for its implementation. Lithuania won against other EU Member States and its proposal was rated the highest by the EU Delegation in Skopje.
“This achievement is very important for us as it demonstrates high level of qualification, competence and capacity of the Agency’s specialists and their recognition at the international level. The Medicines Control Agency has experience in the implementation of the EU Twinning project in Moldova, therefore, it will be another great opportunity for the Agency to share its experience and knowledge with a country that wishes to become a member of the European Union. The aim of all the activities envisaged in the project is to help the Macedonian Agency for Medicinal Products and Medical Devices to coordinate its activities with European Union law and thus to contribute to the integration of Macedonia into the European Union” – noted Gintautas Barcys, the project leader, director of the SMCA.
European Union funded Twinning Light project in Macedonia is expected to be launched in spring of 2019. The duration of the project – 8 months, budget – 250 000 EUR.
Lithuania has a long history of participation in the EU Twinning Program – before joining the European Union Lithuania participated in PHARE program as a beneficiary country in order to align the public administration system with EU standards and implement reforms. Since 2004 Lithuania is participating in EU Twinning projects as a donor country and shares its recent reform experience with the EU Neighbourhood countries and countries preparing for EU accession. Most of the projects implemented by Lithuania as a single donor or in consortium with partners were implemented in Croatia - 18, Macedonia - 11, Moldova - 10. According to the number of awarded projects , our country is among the leaders together with Germany, France and Italy.