On 14 March, a closing meeting of the EU Twinning Project “Support to the National Food Safety Agency of the Republic of Moldova“ took place in Chisinau (the Republic of Moldova). This 27-month project was run by the State Food and Veterinary Service of the Republic of Lithuania (SFVS) jointly with junior partners from Latvia and Sweden.
At the time of the Project, all the planned tasks were implemented – 20 national legal acts in the area of animal health and welfare, food safety were drafted in accordance with EU requirements, as well as more than 30 standard procedures and checklists, animal disease surveillance programmes, emergency plans.
6 study visits to Lithuania and Latvia for specialists from Moldova, 14 seminars for more than six hundred participants, 10 training events with participation of 120 persons were arranged under the project.
At the official event, welcoming speeches were given by the Ambassador of the European Union to Moldova Peter Michalko, Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania to Moldova Kęstutis Kudzmanas, Director of the SFVS Darius Remeika, Deputy Director General of the National Food Safety Agency of the Republic of Moldova (ANSA) Ion Toma, State Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment of Moldova Veaceslav Cernat, Director of Milk and Dairy Product Association in Moldova Carolina Linte, etc.
Ion Toma, Deputy Director General of ANSA expressed his satisfaction with the project, the professionalism of experts and their support in practice. He also noted that there was still a lot of work pending and one more project would be necessary in the future.
The Ambassador Kęstutis Kudzmanas pointed out that the Euro-integration aspirations of Moldova were consistently supported by Lithuania whereas the future progress of this country would depend on the course of the implementation of reforms and their results. There is also intensive cooperation in Moldova under the Lithuanian Development Cooperation Programme. This year alone, about 20 bilateral development cooperation projects are planned.
“We hope that this project will help ANSA to implement their plans in the areas of food safety and veterinary medicine in line with EU requirements, which will lead to opening the EU market to Moldovan products. In the process of the implementation of the Project we not only provided support but also exchanged experience with colleagues. The project helped all of us to develop personally and improve our competencies, whereas the cooperation with ANSA will not stop, it will further continue under the Development Cooperation Programme on the bilateral basis”, – commented Director of the SFVS Darius Remeika.
At the meeting in Chisinau, the participants of the project expressed their satisfaction with its successful implementation. Specialists from Moldova gave a very good assessment to the expertise of the specialists and their benevolence in sharing this expertise. ANSA specialists expressed their expectations that the successful cooperation in the fields of food safety, veterinary medicine and phytosanitary activities would continue.