The Quality Infrastructure in the Western Balkans Project has recently published easy-to-use guidance books aimed at manufacturers and importers of construction products and electrical/electronic equipment in the Western Balkans region. They are available for download in multiple local languages free of charge here.
About the Project
The recently concluded ‘Quality Infrastructure in the Western Balkans’ has been a 2.89 million EUR Technical Assistance Project implemented by CEN and 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, and ran until the end of 2018 for a duration of three years and a half. It covered six countries from the Western Balkans: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, FYROM, Montenegro and Serbia.
The countries of the region are all candidates or potential candidates for accession to the European Union (EU). The pre-accession process requires candidate countries to transpose all EU legislation (the “EU Acquis”) and to ensure that transposed legislation is properly implemented. The EU Acquis is divided into “chapters” with each chapter covering a certain field. The project dealt with Chapter 1, which relates to free movement of goods.
The overall project objective was to achieve enhanced economic integration with the EU/EFTA and development of market economy. To achieve this, the project aimed at the implementation of EU product legislation for Construction Products (CP) and Electric and Electronic Equipment (EEE) in the target area.
The project worked in partnership with ministries of beneficiary countries responsible for transposing and implementing EU technical legislation; national institutions such as national standards bodies, national metrology institutes, national accreditation bodies, conformity assessment bodies; market surveillance authorities; and with industry, directly and through chambers of commerce.
Through training, networking and expert advice, the project supported the alignment and implementation of Quality Infrastructure in the CP and EEE sectors with that of the EU/EFTA, facilitating trade.
In those industrial sectors which were not yet harmonised at EU/EFTA level, the project supported the EU/EFTA principle of mutual recognition of differing national rules and practice.
The project activities were delivered by EU and EFTA experts recruited through CEN’s 34 members, the National Standardization Bodies of EU and EFTA Member States, as well as those of Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey. This has helped give a truly pan-European dimension to the services provided by the project, with examples of best practice from all across Europe.
For more information, please visit the project website and contact Zhuohua CHEN (CCMC) or David Norris (Quality Infrastructure).