The successful completion of the EU funded Twinning Light project “Support for participation in the ECAA – European Common Aviation Area”, financed by EU, jointly implemented by the Croatian Civil Aviation Agency and the Civil Aviation Agency of the Republic of North Macedonia as a twinning partner and beneficiary was marked by a closing online ceremony held on 25th October. It aimed to sum up the results of the project and inform the public about the outcomes of the project. The ceremony was attended by high representatives of the EU and representatives of the Croatian and North Macedonian civil aviation authorities and aviation industry.


The project was aimed to support the sustainable development of civil aviation in the Republic of North Macedonia in accordance with the international standards and EU acquis in the field of aviation. Despite the challenges posed by COVID-19 pandemics, both partners showed great dedication and flexibility in adapting to the “new reality”. This resulted in successful implementation of the project and achievement of all mandatory results and outputs.


In his address to the attendees Ms Manuela Manolis, on behalf of Mr. Steffen Hudolin, Head of Cooperation in the EU Delegation to the Republic of North Macedonia highlighted the importance of mutual cooperation of the EU and North Macedonia with regard to deepening the integration processes and facilitating the approximation of the regulatory and operational frameworks in the field of aviation.


H.E. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Croatia Ms Nives Tiganj, stated that this successfully implemented project is an affirmation of the professional capacity of Croatia for unwavering support of the endeavours of the Beneficiary Country on the European path.


In his welcoming speech Mr Tomislav Tuntev, Director General of the Civil Aviation Agency of Republic of North Macedonia expressed his profound gratitude to the European Union and the Croatian Civil Aviation Agency for being the drivers of progress and sustainability of the Macedonian civil aviation.