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Cooperation between Denmark and Serbia has brought Serbia one step closer to EU

26.01.2017  10:23
Denmark has the last 3 years been a part of The EU Twinning  Project: Capacity building for Upgrading of Food establishments and Animal By-Product management in Serbia together with Latvia and the Netherlands.

This cooperation has improved food security in Serbia to benefit for Serbian consumer and it provides an important bsis for increased Serbian agricultural exports.
Today the Danish Head of Mission, Morten Skovgaard Hansen, made a statement at the final closing meeting for The Twinning  Project.

You can read Morten Skovgaard Hansens statement here:

Serbia and Denmark have a long and strong tradition for cooperation. In 2017 we are actually celebrating our anniversary of 100 years of diplomatic relations.  This twinning project is a good example on how our cooperation has been intensified during the last 10 years. Both Denmark and Serbia have large agriculture sectors and we are pleased to support Serbia in an important project like this. I would like to thank all the Danish experts for their tireless and professional work. Our thanks also go to the partners in the twinning project and in particular to you Minister for having stepped up efforts in this area. Denmark has through decades benefited from sub-stantial agricultural exports. Part of this success story is a strong Veterinary and Food Control system with an adequate number of inspectors and a good dialogue with the industry. We are happy to share that experience, but of course leave it to Serbia to see which parts of it you can benefit from. The project is of paramount importance in strengthening Serbia’s agricultural sec-tor in order to increase production and contribute even more to exports and job creation. The project also contributes to protecting Serbian consumers through higher food security. Serbia already offers many good quality food sector products. I am very happy that Denmark through a contribution of 5,4 million EURO to fruits and berries production in Serbia contributed to sub-stantial production increase and the creation of more than 800 jobs in the agricultural sector. To conclude, Serbia can continue to count on Denmark’s support on its path to the EU and I am very happy that we through this project have contributed to progress in an important area.