H.E. the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Albania (MARD), Milva Ekonomi
, participated at the workshop of the project "Institutional strengthening of the Albanian Ministry of Agriculture for food safety management
", funded by the Italian Cooperation
and carried out in collaboration with the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari (CIHEAM Bari
The project will enter in its implementation phase after the Steering Committee meeting scheduled for September and the first activities include carrying out field visits and meetings with the competent institutions of the Italian cooperation system to guide and support the MARD in their work of checking and sampling imported food products, in the improvement of laboratory equipment and in the digitization of data.
The project will last 3 years and will focus on strengthening the capacity of Albanian institutions to increase controls at the border inspection point in Durres, intensify the testing and analysis of pesticide residues and strengthen the performance of the veterinary service.
Minister Ekonomi affirmed that food security is an important component, in the context of the integration and orientation of national legislation towards community standards and stressed the importance of the cooperation of the institutions in enabling the effective implementation of national monitoring and detection of any illegal action related to food safety.