On 13th September 2019, the opening ceremony of the EU-funded Twinning Light Project “Harmonisation of the legislation for medicinal products with the EU legislation and building capacities for its implementation” took place in Skopje, the Republic of North Macedonia.
The Twinning Light Project is aimed at harmonisation of the legislation of the medicinal products and medical devices with the EU acquis and building the necessary capacities for its implementation. The main Beneficiary of the Project is the Agency for Medicines and Medical Devices of the Republic of North Macedonia (‘MALMED’), while the Member States partners are the State Medicines Control Agency under the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Lithuania and the Central Project Management Agency of the Republic of Lithuania. The main objective of the MALMED is to promote national health values and to ensure good pharmaceutical practices, safety, efficay and quality of the medicnal products and medical devices. Proper harmonisation of the legislation with the EU acquis and its relevant implementation has a crucial impact for the smooth transition of the MALMED as the agency that will have to integrate into the EU network of the competent authorities on medicines and medical devices.
The opening ceremony was provided with a compehensive information on the structure and implementation of the Project. The opening speaches had been given by dr. Venko Filipche, Minister of Health of the Republic of North Macedonia, Mr. Nicola Bertolini, Head of Cooperation in the EU Delegation to the Republic of North Macedonia, Mrs. Visara Riza, the Director of the Agency for Medicines and Medical Devices of the Republic of North Macedonia, dr. Gytis Andrulionis, the Director of the State Medicines Control Agency under the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Lithuania.
The budget for the implementation is 250 000 EUR. The Project will last for 8 months.