Within the framework of the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI), the Latvian State Plant Protection Service - in partnership with the Latvian Food and Veterinary Service and the State Plant Service of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Lithuania (VATZUM) - has launched a Twinning project "Strengthening sanitary and phytosanitary measures in Azerbaijan" in Azerbaijan. The beneficiary of the project is the Food Safety Agency of Azerbaijan.
The main objective of the project is to promote the safety of food and feed on the market and to improve export opportunities by improving compliance with sanitary and phytosanitary standards. The specific objective is to strengthen the capacity of the Food Safety Agency of the Republic of Azerbaijan to develop and implement legislation compliant with sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) requirements, with a focus on plant-based food and feed, in order to implement the EU acquis.
Main objectives of the project:
- Food safety legislation and its further alignment with the EU acquis;
- Registration of plant protection products for sale and control system;
- Development of residue monitoring programmes based on the legislation developed under Components 1 and 2, appropriate laboratory methods developed and staff trained
- Proposals for an information technology based plant protection and phytosanitary information system.
The duration of the project is 24 months.
The project is implemented by the State Plant Protection Service as the senior project partner, which entails coordination and management of the project. State Plant Protection Service experts are involved in the implementation of all project components as experts.
The project is funded by the EU. The total project funding is €1.5 million.