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Republic of Croatia provides support to Montenegro through implementation of the EU funded Twinning project in the area of Medicines and Medical Devices


On 29 January 2021, the European Union Twinning project "Support to the Agency for Medicines and Medical Devices of Montenegro (CALIMS)" was launched, with the arrival of the Resident Twinning Advisor (RTA) to Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro.

The Institute for Medicines and Medical Devices of Montenegro (CInMED; formerly "Agency for Medicines and Medical Devices, CALIMS"), is the sole Beneficiary Institution of this Twinning Project. The Member State (MS) Twinning project partner is the Agency for Medicinal Products and Medical Devices of Croatia (HALMED), in cooperation with the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Croatia, the Faculty of Medicine of University of Rijeka and Croatian Central Financing and Contracting Agency (CFCA) as administrative body.

The specific objective of the project is to enhance and consolidate the institutional and operational capacities of the Institute for Medicines and Medical Devices of Montenegro (CInMED) to perform its statutory duties and contribute to the health care system improvement and patients’ protection, by ensuring compliance with the EU standards, guidelines and good practices relevant to Chapter 1 of the Union acquis - ‘Free Movement of Goods’ concerning registration, marketing and consumption of medicines and medical devices.

The MS Project Leader is Prof. Siniša Tomić, Head of HALMED. Representative of HALMED, Ms Lina Čačić, in her role of RTA, coordinates and monitors project implementation under the overall supervision of the MS Project Leader. On behalf of Beneficiary Country (BC), the Project Leader is Mr Milorad Drljević, Director of CInMED, while RTA Counterpart is Ms Željka Bešović, CInMED Head of the Centre for Medicines.

The team of high-level professionals from BC and MS will jointly work to ensure extensive transfer of knowledge and experience, with the aim of successful implementation of this project.

In the period from 16 to 18 February 2021, partners from BC and MS sides conducted a series of online meetings on all project components, with a view to identify CInMED’s current priorities, detail activities and develop the Initial rolling work plan for the first 7 months of the project.

The project is co-financed by the EU and Montenegro with the value of EUR 400,000.00 and the implementation period is 18 months (from 29 January 2021 to 28 July 2022).