Moldova

Summery Sheet

Title:
Support to the Agency of Interventions and Payment for Agriculture (AIPA) of Moldova - CEI Project

Beneficiary Instituion:
Agency of Interventions and Payment for Agriculture (AIPA)
Member States:
Austria

Memer State Instituions:
Agrarmarkt Austria

Project Start: 16.April 2013
Duration: 8 month

Budget: 78,000 EUR

MS Project Leader:
Mr. Franz Patschka,
Head of the Department of International Cooperation of Agrarmarkt Austria
Contact: franz.patschka@ama.gv.at

Project Summery: 
Moldova and Austria expressed their intention to intensify mutual cooperation in the field of agriculture, in particular on the basis of the Memorandum of Understanding between Agrarmarkt Austria and the Agency of Interventions and Payment for Agriculture (AIPA) of Moldova, signed on 7 November, 2012 in Vienna. In this context the Austrian and Moldavian partners agreed on know how transfer particularly with respect to safe and secure EU like payment administration.

The Moldavian Paying Agency mainly faces the challenge of inexperienced staff - inexperienced in the implementation of EU like payment schemes. As Moldova aims to further align its whole Agricultural and Rural Development system with EU in the long run, all the organizational and technical implementation processes of the Agency are to be developed in the right way from the very beginning.

Overall Objective: The overall objective of this project is to contribute to the development of the agricultural sector through capacity building in the agricultural administration of Moldova aligning with EU CAP policy implementation principles.

Project purpose: The purpose of the project is to train staff of the Moldavian Paying Agency (AIPA) in the defined technical fields to make them acquainted with best practice of EU CAP policy implementation principles.

Activity 1: Short term expert missions of AMA experts to Moldova
1.1. Financial administration: Analysis of work flows, Manuals of Procedures, software used at AIPA. Presentation of AMA’s best practice, training on EU requirements. Identification of improvement potential.
1.2. Rural Development investment projects administration: Analysis of work flows, Manuals of Procedures, software used at AIPA. Presentation of AMA’s best practice, training on EU requirements. Identification of improvement potential.
1.3. On-the-spot control of agricultural support schemes: Analysis of work flows, Manuals of Procedures, inspectors’ equipment, software used at AIPA. Presentation of AMA’s best practice, training on EU requirements. Identification of improvement potential.
1.4. Internal Audit: Analysis of work flows, Manuals of Procedures, software used at AIPA. Presentation of AMA’s best practice, training on EU requirements. Identification of improvement potential.
1.5. Registers (farm register, LPIS, cattle I&R): Analysis of work flows, Manuals of Procedures, software used at AIPA. Presentation of AMA’s best practice, training on EU requirements. Identification of improvement potential.

Activity 2: High level seminar in Moldova to raise awareness on EU CAP
2.1. Organization and conduction of one high level seminar with the former EU Commissionaire Franz Fischler and high representatives of the Austrian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management and AMA in Chisinau in order to raise decision makers’ awareness on EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and its necessary administrative and institutional requirements

Activity 3: Study visits to Austria
3.1. Study visit for financial administration (4 experts/5 days)
3.2. Study visit for Rural Development investment projects administration (4 experts/5 days)
3.3. Study visit for on-the-spot control (4 experts/5 days)
3.4. Study visit to a regional office (4 expert/5 days)
3.5. Study visit for registers administration, IT and international relations (4 experts/5 days)