In the building of the National Parliament of the Republic of Serbia in the Kralja Milana Street, on December 8, 2021 the Closing Conference of EU Twinning Project “Protection and Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights in the Republic of Serbia”, was held. The Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications implemented the project with the twinning partners, Danish Patent and Trademark Office and the German Foundation for International Legal Cooperation.
The partners on the project were also other institutions having competence over the enforcement of intellectual property rights as well as the Intellectual Property Office that coordinated the work of the Coordination Body for the enforcement of intellectual property rights.
In the course of the Conference the addresses were given by Mr. Uroš Kandić, State Secretary in the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications, Mr. Martin Klaucke, Head of the Operation Section II in the EU Delegation in the Republic of Serbia, Ms. Lidija Stojanović Asst. Minister in the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications, Her Excellency Ambassador of Denmark in Serbia, Susanne Shine, Ms. Anne Kristin Piplica, Head of the Economic Sector in the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany and Mr. John Jensen, Deputy Director General from the Danish Patent and Trademark Office and MS Project Leader by the EU member states.
In the second part of the conference, results of the project were emphasized, as well as the results of joint efforts and good cooperation between the relevant bodies on the strengthening of institutional capacities. The project was focusing on the strengthening of protection and enforcement of IP rights for the consumers and right holders. The general aim was the support to the Republic of Serbia in the harmonization of standards, relevant EU legislation and the implementation of the best practice with the aim of efficient conducting of pre-accession negotiations and successful management of assistance for EU integrations. The Project secured further legal harmonization of national legislation with the EU, training for the relevant institutions as well as initiatives for the raising of public awareness on the importance of EU rights for the Republic of Serbia. The European Union with the budget of 1.5 million euros financed the project.