External audit launched for IPARD funds
Branislav Nedimovic met on Monday with Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia Oskar Benedikt on the use of IPARD funds.Source: srbija.gov.rs
The Serbian minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management informed Benedikt that the last of the four conditions for the approval of IPARD accreditation, adaptation of the building of the Administration for Agricultural Payments, has been completed, and that an external audit was started by the competent bodies of the European Commission.
He pointed out that maximum efforts were made in order to eliminate all blocking factors, and expressed the expectation that the first call for funds from IPARD funds will be announced by the end of the year.
Benedict expressed satisfaction with the results achieved, with the assessment that the cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management is taking place in a good direction.
On the occasion of the establishment of the system of work of the Directorate for National Reference Laboratories, Nedimovic explained that all obstacles have also been removed for the launch of the laboratory for milk quality testing and added that its opening is expected in December.