This Twinning light project is financed by the European Union and co-financed by the Republic of Serbia with the main goal to strengthen institutional framework in the area of transfusion and transplantation medicine in the Republic of Serbia. The implementation of the project started on 31 August 2017 and the expected duration of the project is 6 months. The project is implemented by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Croatia with the administrative support provided by the Central Finance and Contracting Agency. This is the first Twinning light project implemented by the Republic of Croatia as a Member State partner.
Final recipient of the project is Directorate for biomedicine of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Serbia, while stakeholders include other institutions in the area of transfusion and transplantation medicine. Strengthening of their capacities will lead to improvement of quality and safety in the field of Substance of Human Origins (organs, tissues, cells, blood) in order to ensure the highest possible level of protection of public health. Experts from Croatian Ministry of Health are joined by renowned Croatian and Spanish experts in the area of transfusion and transplantation medicine from various institutions (blood and tissue banks, hospitals) in transfer of knowledge and support to their Serbian counterparts. The opening ceremony, held on 25 October 2017 at Palace of Serbia in Belgrade, provided a great opportunity to raise awareness to the project activities. There, Mr. Ferenc Vicko, State Secretary, Ministry of Health of the Republic of Serbia, H.E. Mr. Gordan Bakota, Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia, Ms. Mirela Bušić, Project Leader and National Transplant Coordinator, Institute for Transplantation and Biomedicine, Ministry of Health, Republic of Croatia and Ms. Nada Vasiljević, Assistant Director of the Directorate for biomedicine, Ministry of Health, Republic of Serbia have addressed participants. Visibility materials were distributed to all participants and a short reception followed after the event.