The project, led by Spain, has achieved key results for the harmonisation of Serbian farming practices with EU standards
The twinning project on a carcass classification system and improvement of transparency and quality of meat production in Serbia in line with the EU Common Agricultural Policy has successfully concluded with a closing conference in Belgrade. The event was attended by high-level representatives of the different participating Ministries and institutions from Serbia, Latvia and Spain, representatives of the Delegation of the European Union in Belgrade and FIIAPP, as well as the Spanish Ambassador to Serbia.
This twinning project, which started in July 2022, led by Spain and with the participation of Latvia, has marked an important milestone on Serbia’s path towards the harmonisation of its agricultural practices with EU standards, achieving a channel classification that plays a key role in fostering a transparent and reliable trading system. In these 18 months, the project has delivered all the expected results on regulatory development, capacity building of the public administration, training of the meat industry and other stakeholders, and calibration of the pig and beef carcass grading equipment.
These developments in the Serbian meat industry contribute to Serbia’s alignment with the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy, with far-reaching implications for its agricultural sector, such as improved quality control, enhanced market access and increased competitiveness on the European market.
Speakers highlighted the achievements and importance of twinning projects that promote collaboration between the scientific community, universities, industry and public administrations. Thanks to the project, mutual learning between countries and institutions has taken place, the professional capacity of the institutions has been improved and a more open and comprehensive global vision has been promoted through the exchange of knowledge and experiences. It has also underlined the vital role of EU financial support, through pre-accession funds, in driving reforms and advancing Serbia’s path towards EU membership.