A new Twinning project in Georgia has started on 1st February.

Coordinated by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Forestry and Tourism (MiPAAFT), the general objective of the project is to support the development of “Appellations of Origin” and “Geographical Indications” (GIs) system in Georgia through the creation of effective supporting tools with the provisions of the European Union’s GIs protection system.

In particular, in the 24 months of activity experts from the Italian Ministry of Agriculture and of other competent institutions, jointly with the French colleagues, who act in the project as Junior Partner, will support the Georgian counterpart of the National Intellectual Property Center of Georgia in the improvement and adjustment of legislation and administrative / sanctioning structure for the protection and control of GIs. Among others,  4 new geographical indications are foreseen as project result.

Informest will implement the administrative and financial aspects, supporting MiPAAFT in the management and coordination of the project.

Twinning is an instrument set up by the Commission in 1998 with the aim of providing assistance to the candidate countries for accession to EU and to neighbourhood countries, supporting beneficiary administrations in aligning administrative and regulatory framework to European provisions.

In 2016, following some important changes to the regulations concerning the financial regulations governing European Union, the contractual procedures for Twinning projects were updated, jointly with rules for the identification of bodies responsible for administrative and financial management (Mandated Body).

Informest already in April 2017 obtained from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI) the confirmation of his status as "Full Mandated Body". Before the reform, there were 50 Italian bodies accredited to the role of "Mandated Body: as a result of the reform, only 7 bodies are entitled to act as Mandated Body and be responsible for project management. This confirms the role of Informest in implementing Law 19/91 objectives, expanding its activity to countries that will represent the future borders of the enlarged EU.

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