What is Twinning?
Twinning is a European Union instrument for institutional cooperation between Public Administrations of EU Member States and of beneficiary countries. The European Commission launched Twinning in 1998 in preparation of the enlargement of the European Union.
Twinning projects bring together public sector expertise from EU Member States and beneficiary countries to achieve concrete mandatory operational results. Through peer-to-peer activities, they strengthen the administrative and judicial capacity of Candidate Countries. The overall objective is to reach the same standards as the EU Member States.
Serbia is among the beneficiary countries and has benefitted from Twinning in order to develop a modern and efficient administration. Beneficiary countries implement Twinning projects to achieve mandatory results.
Each Twinning project has at least one Resident Twinning Adviser (RTA) and a Project leader. S/he is responsible for the overall trust and coordination of the project.
Why is this EU Twinning-project so important?
All parties strive to make the project successful. An important goal is to strengthen the capacity of the beneficiary partners and stakeholders responsible for the WFD implementation. All relevant experts from Serbia and the Member States work together to draft the River Basin Management Plan according to EU policy.
Through this endeavor, the project aims at building capabilities in the Serbian administration. This also involves the assessment of the current situation of water management.
In particular, it is important to increase transparency at problems in water quality protection and pollution control. In addition to that, we want to raise awareness of the Serbian public about the activities in flood relief as well as in environmental protection.