Closing Conference of the Twinning Project "Strengthening of the standards and metrology sector according to the best practice in the EU Member States"
April 6th , Chisinau – Through the implementation of the Twinning project "Strengthening of the standards and metrology sector according to the best practice in the EU Member States" Moldova managed to consolidate the national standardization and metrology fields, in accordance with the best practices established in the EU Member States, with the overall objective to prepare our country for the implementation of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area Agreement. This statement was made on April 6th by Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Economy Octavian Calmîc, at the closing conference of the Twinning project.
According to Deputy Prime Minister Octavian Calmîc, due to the results attained in this project Moldova has got a very strong base for the international recognition of the metrology and standardization sectors, as well as new opportunities for enhancing the competitiveness of the Moldovan goods at international level, and for a better promotion of the national exports.
“Thanks to this project, institutions working in the quality infrastructure area, with the support of EU experts from Germany and Romania, took concrete steps for increasing the competence and performance of staff involved in the process of national standardisation, as well as in the activities carried out in the metrology field, fully benefitting from the knowledge transfer on the application of best European and international practices," noted Octavian Calmîc.
According to the Minister of Economy, the project was very valuable and consistent in terms of content, representing a substantial contribution to improving the processes in the field of quality infrastructure in Moldova, and having long-term positive effects. "It has provided technical assistance and knowledge transfer amounting to 1.1 million Euro, materialized through technical consultancy offered by the European experts, workshops, seminars and exchange of experience," said Deputy Prime Minister Octavian Calmîc. "This was a successful project, as by the implementation of the European standards we managed to eliminate some problems for Moldovan producers, on their way towards export of goods to the European market”, stressed Head of the EU Delegation to Moldova, Ambassador Pirkka Tapiola. The European official also said the EU would further support our country in this field, through other projects, because the goal of the European Union is to ensure, first of all, the access of quality products to the domestic market.
In her turn, German Ambassador to Moldova, Mrs. Ulrike Maria Knotz said that as a result of the implementation of this project, due to enhancement of the quality of Moldovan products, the exports of Moldova to the EU Market have also increased, which contributes significantly to the development of the national economy.
Romanian Ambassador to Moldova, Mr. Daniel Ionita, stressed that due to the implementation of this project, Moldovan goods have become more competitive not only on the European market but also on other markets in the world. "Romania is a loyal supporter of Moldova's European path and will further provide the entire Government’s assistance in the achievement of the objectives undertaken in this process, including by the active participation in the implementation of other projects,” highlighted the Romanian diplomat.
According to Mr. Petros Sourmelis, Head of Department, DG Trade, by implementing this project, Moldova has managed to achieve one more important objective in the process of putting into practice the provisions of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area Agreement.
According to Mrs. Lidia Jitari, Head of the Quality Infrastructure and Market Surveillance Department of the Ministry of Economy, in the lifespan of the project, four laws in the field of quality infrastructure have been amended, 21 technical committees of standardization in various important fields of national economy have been created/reestablished, 100 workshops, seminars, trainings and experience exchange events have been organized for over 1,000 persons - representatives of public institutions and other stakeholders in these fields. For the international recognition of the measurements made in the Republic of Moldova, the National Institute of Metrology has participated in six inter-laboratory comparisons and developed 15 calibration procedures and many normative documents in the metrology sector.