Lithuanian Ministry of Transport and Communications contributed to the successful implementation of the Serbian twinning project

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The twinning project ‘Strengthening the Administrative Capacity of the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure and Transport Institutions of Serbia’ was officially finished in Serbia on April 18. The project was implemented by an expert group of Lithuanian, French and Finnish transport institutions. The Lithuanian Ministry of Transport and Communications was responsible for supervising the activities of developing the intermodal transport strategy of Serbia.

The state secretary of the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure of Serbia, Miodrag Poledica, thanked Lithuania for its significant contribution to the project and expressed hope that the achieved results would help to accelerate Serbia's EU accession negotiations.

The Serbian twinning project involved the participation of ten Lithuanian experts representing four  Lithuanian transport institutions – the Ministry of Transport and Communications of Lithuania, the State Road Transport Inspectorate (VGI) and the Lithuanian Road Administration under the Ministry of Transport and Communications of Lithuania. The experts were engaged in two out of the five activities of the project.

The activity of developing the Serbian transport strategy was led by the director of the Road Transport and Civil Aviation Policy Department under the Ministry of Transport and Communications of Lithuania, Gražvydas Jakubauskas. Experts of VGI assisted in the development of the Railway Safety Management System of Serbia.  

The project, which lasted two years, involved the hosting of over 100 training sessions and workshops, five working visits of experts and training activities in France, two of them in Lithuania and two in Finland as well as the preparation of 22 draft legal acts and the participation of over 800 experts of Serbian transport institutions.

The Serbian twinning project was funded by the Serbian government and the European Commission.