The Twinning project in Moldova has been completed
On 14th of March the final conference of the European Union Twinning Project "Support to the National Food Safety Agency of the Republic of Moldova" was held in Chisinau, Moldova. The project was implemented by the State Food and Veterinary Service of Lithuania (SFVS) together with Latvian and Swedish junior project partners. Project duration - 27 months.
During the project 20 national legislation drafts under the European Union (EU) requirements in the areas of animal health, welfare and food safety, more than 30 standard procedures, inspection questionnaires, animal disease monitoring programs, emergency plans were developed.
In the course of the project 6 study visits to Lithuania and Latvia were organized for Moldovan specialists, 14 seminars for more than six hundred participants and 10 trainings with 120 participants took place.
Ion Toma, Deputy Director General of the National Food Safety Agency of Moldova (ANSA), welcomed the project, the professionalism of the experts and their practical help. He also noted that there was still a long path to go, and it is hoped that the Agency's capacity building will continue in the future Twinning projects.
Ambassador Kęstutis Kudzmanas noted that Lithuania has consistently supported Moldova's aspirations for European integration and that further progress in this country will depend on the progress and results of reforms.
"We hope this project will help ANSA implement plans in the areas of food safety and veterinary medicine that will meet EU requirements and open the EU market for Moldovan products. As part of the project we not only provided assistance but also exchanged experiences with colleagues. The project helped everyone to improve and develop their competences” commented the SFVS Director Darius Remeika.
During the conference in Chisinau the representatives of Moldova appreciated the implementation of the project and the experience of the specialists. ANSA specialists have expressed hope for further successful cooperation in food safety, veterinary and phytosanitary fields.