A European Union’s Twinning Project for Serbia

Enhancing the Capacities of the Serbian Authorities in Zoonoses and Food Borne Disease Control

Overall objective
Modernisation of agriculture and building an active rural sector, as well as achieving progress in transposition of the EU acquis and alignment with the Common Agricultural Policy’s (CAP) principles and objectives.

Project purpose
To enhance food safety and disease control systems in the Republic of Serbia, by improving the management of zoonotic animal diseases, food borne diseases and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and further alignment with EU requirements, through harmonization of legal framework and strengthening of institutional and professional capacities.

Objectives and scope
The principal objective of the project is to provide assistance to the relevant Serbian Authorities so as to strengthen their capacities in zoonoses, food borne disease and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) control.
In order to provide a high level public health/consumer protection with regard to food safety, it is required to review and operate a system for integrated monitoring of zoonoses, zoonotic agents and related antimicrobial resistance to ensure that food-borne outbreaks receive proper epidemiological investigation. Data will be collected, evaluated and reported to the European Commission every year. The project aiming the implementation of this system is based on harmonization of procedures between MS.

Expected results

Result 1: To define the strategic, institutional and legal framework for detection, surveillance, prevention, control and reporting on zoonoses, food-borne diseases and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and developed it in compliance with EU requirements.

Result 2: Improving the professional capacity of the competent authorities to implement and enforce standards and regulations on zoonotic, food-borne diseases and AMR control.

Result 3: Awareness amongst the stakeholders and general public on the problem of zoonotic, food borne diseases and AMR (control activities, prevention, EU standards and requirements etc.) increased.

Project duration

December 2016 – November 2018 (24 months)