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INJOY AND TRAIN — Result In Brief

Project ID: 23157
Funded under: FP6-FOOD
Country: Italy

European training for better food quality

EU-funded programmes aim to enhance the research potential and competitiveness of European countries. An EU consortium focused to improve the participation of Eastern European countries in food quality and safety programmes.
European training for better food quality
Despite the existence of highly skilled individuals and institutions in Russia, Ukraine, Armenia and Belarus (RUAB), their participation in EU Framework Programmes (FP) is low. This is mainly due to lack of knowledge about the food quality and safety sector and inexperience in submission proposals. Therefore, there is a great need for relevant education in RUAB countries and for raising awareness in Europe of skilled partners in these countries that could potentially participate in EU FPs.

With that in mind, the EU ‘East European Co-operation Network for International Joint Training in FP6/FP7 Food Quality and Safety for EU-Russia-Ukraine-Armenia-Belarus (R-U-A-B) Countries’ (INJOY AND TRAIN) project focused to improve the food sector in RUAB countries. The consortium created a network of researchers and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in these countries and trained them in the legislative environment of EU framework plans. Additionally, extensive know-how on submission procedures was provided to assist future participation in EU FPs. Through the development of a website, the consortium disseminated information regarding the human and institutional potential of these countries in the food sector.

One of the fundamental activities of the consortium was to directly inform food operators and the agriculture and biotechnology sectors about food quality and safety in order to enhance the food quality standards in these countries.

Overall, the INJOY AND TRAIN project focused to improve the participation of RUAB countries in EU funding programmes in the food sector. The consortium managed to strengthen cooperation among EU research communities and to establish common research and innovation policies. Moreover, the network achievements are expected to enhance coordination of research activities at the national and European levels.

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