Last month marked the end of a NI-CO led EU Funded Twinning project “Improving Market Surveillance in Georgia”. At a formal closing ceremony in Tbilisi, the Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, Mr Genadi Arveladze, and the Head of Cooperation of the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia, Mr Vincent Ray, joined Twinning project leaders and key experts from across the UK and Lithuania to celebrate the results achieved by the project and to discuss future sustainability.
Over the last 24 months, NI-CO together with project partner, the Lithuanian market Surveillance Authority, has managed over 90 expert missions to support the Technical and Construction Supervision Agency (TCSA) in the implementation of the multi-annual action plan on market surveillance of industrial and consumer products adopted by the Government Decree N641. Centred around 3 core components: legal approximation; institutional strengthening and capacity building and awareness raising, the twinning project has successfully developed core guidelines for Market Surveillance inspectors and lawyers which will prove instrumental in realising positive changes to the future of consumer protection in Georgia. Multiple training courses and train the trainer seminars were also delivered as well as delivering public awareness campaigns and seminars outside Tbilisi.