It was held on Monday, 19th July, the last Steering Committee of the Twinning project in Georgia dedicated to the products’ quality control and protection system of protected geographical indication, coordinated by the Italian Ministry of Agricultural, Food, Forestry Policies - Central Inspectorate of Protection quality and fraud repression of agri-food products and by the French counterpart, with the support of Informest for the administrative and financial part.


The project, funded by the European Commission, will end in August and has now achieved all the foreseen objectives: in particular, in the last semester some Memorandum of Understanding with online agri-food products selling services were finalized for the verification of Georgian products put on the market, as well as Italian and French experts worked on guidelines for the management and verification of new products with protected geographical indication identified by the National Center for Intellectual Property of Georgia - Sakpatenti, beneficiary of the project.

During the meeting, it was also re-called the challenging aspect related to the COVID-19 emergency: despite the project has been carried out mostly via teleworking missions, full support to the Georgian counterpart was guaranteed not only for envisaged benchmarks, but also for other aspects, such as the dissemination and promotional activities.

All the results will be presented during the final conference of the project, which will be held in the first week of August, in online mode.

Twinning projects were created by EU Commission with the aim of providing assistance to candidate countries or the neighbourhood area with support in the "Institution Building" process, or the administrative and regulatory adaptation of national administrations to the EU acquis. Established by the Commission in 1998, the "Twinning" has recently undergone a major revision in contractual procedures and in the rules for the admission of entities in charge of administrative and financial management (Mandated Body).

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