Finland, along with France and Lithuania, is participating in a two-year Twinning project aimed at improving and enhancing the transport sector in Serbia. The project was launched in 2015 and is worth € 1.75 million.

Twinning – instrument for institutional cooperation

Twinning projects support the development of administration and legislation in beneficiary countries, which include candidates and potential candidates for EU membership as well as countries part of the European Neighbourhood Policy. Sharing of expertise, know-how, and best practices, which is essential to Twinning, can be conducted in a number of ways. One such way is to organize study visits.

Serbian visitors to Helsinki

Two study visits were arranged for Serbian partners in Helsinki last June and September as part of the Twinning project focusing on transport.

The theme of the first four-day visit was railway infrastructure management and participants had the opportunity to hear about safety and security in the railway infrastructure as well as railway traffic management, among others. The participants included the representatives of Serbian Railways Infrastructure and the Serbian Directorate for Railways.

Participants of the second study visit had the opportunity to visit Finnish Transport Agency’s road traffic control centre as well as to hear about digitalization and digital processes used in traffic control. Participants in the Serbian delegation included, for example, representatives of the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure in Serbia.