Quality Infrastructure in the Western Balkans 

The Quality Infrastructure in the Western Balkans project is run by CEN, financed by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA).

Built on previous projects managed by CEN in the same geographic area, this follow-up initiative was launched in June 2015, for a duration of three years and a half. It covers six countries from the Western Balkans: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, FYROM, Montenegro and Serbia.

Objectives of the Quality Infrastructure in Western Balkans project

The overall objective of the project is to achieve enhanced economic integration with the EU/EFTA and development of market economy.

The project purpose in the harmonized area is the full implementation of EU product legislation for construction products and electrical/electronic equipment; and in the non-harmonized area that beneficiaries are prepared to complete their action plans and relevant institutions are aware of the relevance of the Mutual Recognition Regulation.

Implementation of the project

A project team ensures the delivery of the abovementioned objectives. It is composed of a Project Manager, based in Belgrade and supported by an Assistant Project Manager and Project Administrator. The Project Manager is responsible for the overall management of the project and, as Key Expert for standardization, also directly oversees all aspects of the project related to standardization matters: technical regulation, accreditation and conformity assessment, metrology, industry and issues related to technical barriers to trade.

The project is governed by a Cooperation Committee (CC), composed of one member per partner country - each nominated by the minister responsible for quality infrastructure issues. CC Members are responsible for ensuring coordination with all national quality infrastructure institutions, for selecting national delegates to participate in project activities and for representing their national position during CC meetings.

Project activities include a series of workshops within each selected area and with participants from relevant institutions, implementing ministries etc. Hands-on Training (HOT), networking events and proficiency testing complete the picture, as well as tailored advice from recognized experts.

CEN and CENELEC contact person: Mrs Zhuohua CHEN, Project Manager, Market Perspective and Innovation.