- Published: June 13, 2019
Befitted kick-off meeting of the new EU Twinning Project “Protection and Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights in Serbia”
Under the leadership of the Danish Patent and Trademark Office (DKPTO), the IRZ is the junior partner responsible for this EU twinning project. The project was officially launched on 29th May 2019 at the premises of the Club of Members of Parliament in Belgrade.
The high-level speakers at this event included:
- Yngve Engström, Head of sector for cooperation at the EU Delegation to the Republic of Serbia,
- Lidija Stojanovic, Assistant Minister, Sector for Market Inspection in the Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications,
- H.E. Anders Christian Hougård, Embassy of Denmark in Serbia,
- Leonie Reimers, Head of Development Cooperation, Embassy of Federal Republic of Germany, and
- Marko Jovanović, Assistant Minister, Ministry of Finance - Department for Contracting and Financing of EU Funded Programmes (CFCU).
Their participation underlined the importance of the mission.
The magnitude and effects of counterfeiting and piracy are of such significance that they compel strong and sustained action from governments, business and consumers. More efficient protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights is critical in this regard, as is the need to build public support to fight against counterfeiting and piracy.
EU twinning, as a tool of integration and pre-accession assistance, should help to meet these challenges at an early stage, thus being a cornerstone for effectively and successfully conducting the accession negotiations with the European Union.
The project will run for a total of 24 months, with a budget of EUR 1.5 million.
The project partner in Serbia is the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications. The implementation of this project specifications takes place within the framework of regular seminars, workshops and study visits in close cooperation with the respective Serbian project partners.
The project: Protection and Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights in Serbia