In recent years, BAM has supported quality infrastructure institutions in Egypt and the Republic of Moldova. For the twinning project "Strengthening the Standardisation and Metrology Sector of Moldova according to the Best Practice in the EU Member States", BAM also took over the project management on site: Ms Tamara Schramm, resident twinning adviser (long-term adviser), accompanied the involved authorities and institutions in Chisinau during the project.
The aim of the project was to strengthen and expand the principles of the European Internal Market for the quality infrastructure sectors of standardisation, metrology, conformity assessment and accreditation. The examples of best practice from the EU Member States participating in the project, Romania and Germany, served as the blueprint. The aim was to establish the basis for integrating Moldova into the European free movement of goods. To this end, relevant EU regulations were implemented in Moldova’s legislation. A contribution was also made to the preparation of an agreement on the free movement of goods (DCFTA).
For the project, BAM set up a consortium with the German Institute for Standardisation (DIN), the Romanian Metrology Institute (BRML) and the Romanian Standardisation Institute ASRO under the leadership of the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB). This consortium, in turn, formed an administrative partnership with the main stakeholders of the Moldovan quality infrastructure. These include the Moldovan Ministry of Economic Affairs (MoE), the National Institute for Standardisation (INS) and the National Metrology Institute (INM).
Facts and figures about the project
The project was carried out with an EU budget of EUR 1.1 million through 425 working days in more than 100 seminars, workshops, awareness events and consultations, and study visits to German and Romanian institutes. This contributed to competence building in the Moldovan authorities, the national accreditation body and with representatives of conformity assessment bodies.
The twinning concept
Twinning projects are transnational partnership projects created by the initiative of the European Commission in 1998 to help future Member States to join the European Union (EU) and assist them in their preparations for an imminent accession to the EU. Since 2002, the twinning concept has also been used in countries without a prospect of accession, and has thus developed into a tool for institution building. During such a project, an EU Member State’s authority enters into a partnership with an authority (twin) of the eligible country. The aim is to support the implementation of EU legislation through targeted public administrative cooperation.