BUILDING CAPACITIES FOR ELABORATION OF NDPs AND NAs OF THE EUROCODES IN THE BALKAN REGION

4-5 November, 2014, Skopje, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

VENUE: Hotel Holiday INN, Str. Filip Vtori Makedonski 5, 1000 Skopje,
the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Hosted by the "Standardization Institute of the Republic of Macedonia"

Building capacities for elaboration of NDPs and NAs of the Eurocodes in the Balkan region

JRC Report

Objectives

Programme

Participants

Workshop Presentations

Conclusion

Contacts

JRC Report

The report addresses the activities carried out for the adoption and implementation of the Eurocodes in non-EU countries in the Balkan region within the context of the Enlargement and Integration Action of the JRC.

Within the national framework for implementation of the Eurocodes each country must define National Determined Parameters (NDPs) to be applied in their territory. These parameters are left open for national choice and should cover country differences in geographical, geological and climatic conditions, different design and construction practice, as well as, different safety level requirements. NDPs are required for national implementation of the Eurocodes.

The main objective of the activities presented herein was to focus on further adoption and implementation of the Eurocodes in non-EU countries in the Balkan region. In particular, it serves to access recent progress, difficulties and needs for the definition of the NDPs and National Annexes since the first workshop held in 2013, and to boost regional collaboration for cross-border harmonization of NDPs.

Generally, it may be concluded that the most non-EU countries in the Balkan region have started with the definition of NDPs. Most countries have adopted the Recommended Values, with the exception for wind, snow, thermal and seismic loads. Financial and political support is needed for developing the National annexes, in particular for the definition of climatic and seismic actions maps.

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Objectives

The workshop is aimed to further adoption and implementation of the Eurocodes in the non-EU countries in the Balkan region. In particular, it serves the following objectives:

  • Assess recent progress, difficulties and needs for the definition of the NDPs and NAs since the first workshop held in Milan & Ispra on 5-6 December 2013
  • Boost regional collaboration for cross-border convergence of NDPs, in particular for the harmonization of seismic hazard maps based on the experience of the SHARE and NATO projects
  • Facilitate transfer of knowledge from EU MS experts (Croatia, Greece, Bulgaria, Slovenia) to representatives of non-EU countries in the Balkan region in the field of elaboration of NDPs and NAs
  • Increase awareness of existing Enlargement funds and instruments which might support further progress in adoption and implementation of the Eurocodes
  • Give an overview of state-of-the-art training material, background information and worked examples and raise awareness of the existing Eurocodes web site and benefits emanating from its use
  • Improve information flow between National Standardization Bodies and European Commission

For more information on the workshop see the workshop flyer .


Programme

The programme of the workshop is composed of three parts:

  • Lectures delivered by invited experts from CEN/CENELEC, EU member states and the European Commission and leading experts from SHARE and NATO projects
  • National presentations of non-EU countries about progress of elaboration of NDPs and NAs: drivers and barriers
  • Round table discussions regarding progress of the elaboration of NDPs and NAs, and needs and obstacles for enhanced regional collaboration – conclusions and recommendations

Participants

Participants from non-EU countries in the Balkan region, (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey) attended the Workshop by invitation from the Organizing Committee. Members from national standardization bodies, Chairmen of Mirror TC250 Committees and members of the working groups, members from universities and research institutions. Nominated experts from the European Commission and EU Member States.


Workshop Presentations

Tuesday, 4 November, 2014 - morning

Tuesday, 4 November, 2014 - afternoon

Wednesday, 5 November, 2014 - morning

Wednesday, 5 November, 2014 - afternoon

Download all presentations in zip format: (39.7 MB)


Conclusion


Contacts

European Commission
Joint Research Centre (JRC)
ELSA, IPSC
TP 480, Via E. Fermi, 2749
I-21027 Ispra (VA), Italy
Tel.: +39 0332 78 3605, Fax: +39 0332 789049
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