The Memorandum has established the cooperation between Lithuania and Moldova in food safety and veterinary fields in Chisinau

On the 22nd of February 2022, Mantas Staškevičius, Director of the State Food and Veterinary Service (SFVS), has signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Radu Musteata, Director General of the National Food Safety Agency of the Republic of Moldova (ANSA).

"The Twinning project funded by the European Union (EU) will end on 1 September, however, we do not intend to end our cooperation with Moldova. On the basis of the MOU signed today, we will continue to work together in order to ensure that the country moves towards the integration into the EU. Our specialists have already helped the Moldovan company to obtain the first export permit to the EU. We are glad that with our knowledge and experience we can contribute to the export of Moldovan products to the EU countries. While assessing the assistance and professionalism of our experts and seeing obvious results, the ANSA colleagues expressed their desire to continue working with the specialists of our country, and this is how the idea of ​​signing the MOU was born”, – said the SFVS Director Mantas Staškevičius about the signed cooperation.

The cooperation with the ANSA dates back to 2006. The specialists of the SFVS are currently implementing the 3rd EU Twinning project together with colleagues from the Austrian “Agrarmarkt“ (AMA) and the Polish Agency for Restructuring and Modernisation of Agriculture (ARMA). This is a very large-scale programme for improving and strengthening agriculture, rural development and food safety, with the main priority to open up the opportunities for the export of animal products to the EU, especially poultry, eggs and composite products.

The expert assistance has already yielded tangible results. Following the implementation of expert recommendations, the first Moldovan ice cream company has been included in the list of the companies that can export to the EU countries. The EU's doors for the export of Moldovan poultry and eggs should be open soon.

The cooperation established by the MOU today in the capital of Moldova will continue to include the implementation of the state control concept "from farm to fork". The inter-institutional document will ensure a further mutual exchange of expert assistance in the fields of food safety, animal disease surveillance and prevention as well as control, and laboratory research.