Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia are the three Eastern Partnership countries that aim to become EU member state and have taken the most advanced steps in this regard. All the mentioned countries have signed the Association Agreement with the EU, including establishing the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) that, in particular, aims at integrating the Moldovan, Ukrainian and Georgian economy toward the European one. This implies, also, the integration of its standardization system into the European one.
In this respect, CIPM in partnership with Georgia’s Reforms Associates (GRASS) and Strategic and Security Studies Group in Kiev is implementing the project “Enhancing the role of Civil Society and SMEs from EaP countries in the implementation of European standards” that benefits from the support through the EaP CSF Re-granting Scheme.
The aim of this project is to support the European integration of the EaP countries by enhancing the implementation of European standards in private and public sectors, sharing best practices. To contribute to achieving the overall objective, the consortium will approach the following components:
I. Raise the awareness of civil society actors from the Republic of Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine regarding standardization and facilitate access to information about standards and related activities;
II. Strengthen the capacity of National Standards Bodies from EaP countries for a better dialogue on effective implementation of European standards in the framework of DCFTA and set a proactive approach for civil society actors for participation in European standardization process.
(1) Georgia’s Reforms Associates (GRASS) is a non-partisan, non-governmental policy watchdog and think tank, which conducts research and public policy analysis, and provides advice and project management in the fields of public policy and public administration reform.
(2) Group for Strategic and Security Studies is a think-tank based in Kiev and its primary mission is to contribute at European integration of the Ukraine and also to promote peace and security and to transform the way the world deals with conflicts.