SERBIA VET Project Closing Conference took place in Serbia!

The closing event of the EU-funded project “Capacity Building for the Alignment with the Acquis in the areas of Agriculture, Rural Development, Food Safety, Veterinary and Phytosanitary Policy” implemented by WEglobal took place on 2nd December 2022 in Serbia.

This project aimed to improve the planning, legislative, and institutional capacity of Serbia’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management part of the country’s preparations for EU membership. The project supported Serbia in the EU accession process through the preparation of the Negotiation Positions and drafting or amending the national legislation to be fully compliant with the EU requirements in the area of agriculture, rural development and food safety, veterinary and phytosanitary policy. The goal was to help Serbian civil servants working in these fields during their accession negotiations with the EU.

For 4 years that the project worth 3.2 million euros lasted, a large number of extremely important documents were prepared, among which the most important are the Draft negotiating position for Chapter 11, draft reports with recommendations for direct payments, the wine sector, state aid in agriculture, farm advisory system, etc. Significant support was also provided in the creation of the IPARD III program of the Republic of Serbia. As part of the process of harmonizing the legislative framework with the legal acquis of the EU, the drafts of the Law on Incentives in Agriculture and Rural Development and the Law on Regulation of the Market of Agricultural Products were prepared.

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