Community projects and international cooperation

In 2003, Medit Silva obtained accreditation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a “Mandated Body” for the management and promotion of Twinning Projects and Taiex Projects. in line with its institutional aims and activities, the management of projects in the agricultural and forestry sector was privileged, in collaboration with the “Ministero delle Politiche Agricole, Alimentari e Forestali”.

Twinning is a European Union instrument for institutional cooperation between Public Administrations of EU Member States and of beneficiary or partner countries. . Twinning was launched by the European Commission in 1998 in the context of the preparation for enlargement of the European Union. In the IPA region, Twinning aims to provide support for the transposition, implementation and enforcement of the EU legislation (the Union acquis). It builds up capacities of beneficiary countries’ public administrations throughout the accession process, resulting in progressive, positive developments in the region.Since 2004 the Twinning instrument is also available to some of the EU Eastern and Southern Neighbourhood partner countries. Medit Silva, as a Mandated Body, deals with the economic and financial management of the project, with organizing assignments of experts in the beneficiary country, with the verification of achieved periodic and final results, with the establishment procedures together with partners and experts of each assignments, and with organizing study visits in partner countries and networking activities with the various project operators.

TAIEX is the Technical Assistance and Information Exchange instrument of the European Commission. Since 1996, TAIEX supports public administrations with regard to the approximation, application and enforcement of EU legislation as well as facilitating the sharing of EU best practices. As part of these projects, Medit Silva takes care of the logistical and organizational support and of the performance of administrative and accounting procedures.

Since the year of approval, over 15 Twinning projects and more than 12 TAIEX projects have been run by several European and non-­‐European countries.