Two former TA projects:
TACIS Harmonisation of Electricity Standards
This project (1.5 MEUR), which started in September 2009 and ended in March 2011 (18 months), was managed by a Consortium formed between CEN (leader), CENELEC, AENOR, AFNOR and BSI. The project involved eleven TACIS countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan). The overall objective of the project was to contribute to improving the prospects for energy market integration within Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia, and with the EU. In this framework, the project was expected to support the countries' uptake of international standards, rules and practices. The project particularly focussed on equipment standards in the electricity sector.
Including various activities like country reports, workshops, seminars,... but also a medium-term strategy paper and handbook on the harmonisation process, this project can be seen as a huge success in many regards.
A final conference was held on 8 February 2011 in Kiev, Ukraine, bringing together all the project stakeholders, confirming the high interest of the 11 beneficiaries in increasing their relationships with CEN and CENELEC and obtaining assistance from EU-funded projects managed by CEN, CENELEC and their Members.
APRIS II (ASEAN PROGRAMME FOR REGIONAL INTEGRATION - PHASE II)
This Programme was the second phase of the ASEAN-EU Programme for Regional Integration Support (APRIS), co-financed by the ASEAN Secretariat and European Commission.
The APRIS II Programme aimed to further develop the process of ASEAN integration, with specific focus on supporting the realisation of the ASEAN Economic Community, and strengthen EU-ASEAN relations as a whole, including through the Trans-Regional EU-ASEAN Trade Initiative (TREATI) and Regional EC-ASEAN Dialogue Instrument (READI).
This Programme was divided into five components, one of which related to Standards and Conformance and was managed by CEN. The expected results of this component were the development and implementation of common ASEAN standards, conformity assessment, sanitary and phyto-sanitary standards and other technical regulations in specific sectors in line with the Vientiane Action Programme and modeled on the EU system where applicable.
The harmonisation with international standards and the establishment of an ASEAN Post Market Surveillance system to ensure that the technical regulations and conformity assessment procedures are implemented in practice will support those results and guarantee sustainability.
APRIS II started in November 2006 and ended in December 2010.