The way forward for the Eurocodes implementation in the Balkans
10-11 October 2018, Tirana, Albania
All countries in the Balkan region reported significant progress in the process of Eurocodes adoption in 2016 at the workshop in Skopje. During the workshop, it was concluded that most of non-EU countries in the region are going to use the Eurocodes as primary standards. Though most National Standardization Bodies (NSBs) reported that have adopted the Eurocodes as standards, they are used in parallel with existing national codes as none of non-EU Balkan countries have implemented the Eurocodes in the national regulatory framework.
The workshop "The way forward for the Eurocodes implementation in the Balkans" is organized in order to assist non-EU countries in the Balkan region to respond to these challenges and facilitate the process of Eurocodes implementation in the national regulatory framework in the non-EU countries in this region. The workshop will provide the necessary technical assistance in support of the Eurocodes introduction into the national regulatory environment, which is a basic step in the full implementation.
Experts from the EU Member
States will share knowledge with the representatives from competent
organizations in the non-EU Balkan countries on technical methods and
techniques underpinning EU policy implementation. The presentation of selected
countries as case studies will support sharing EU Member States experience and
serving as best practice examples for non-EU Balkan countries. The event will
provide an opportunity to build on the experience, initiatives and difficulties
concerning the implementation of the European standards and policies for
construction in the Balkan Region.
The workshop is organised by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission with the support of the
JRC Enlargement and Integration Action, the General Directorate of
Standardization of Albania, CEN CENELC Management Centre and CEN/Technical
For more information on the workshop see the workshop concept note.
The workshop will commence in the morning of October 10th, 2018 and conclude in the afternoon of October 11th, 2018. The programme of the Workshop is composed of the following parts:
- Presentation of case studies (to be
identified by experts and JRC) sharing EU MS experience and serving as best
practice examples for non-EU Balkan countries;
- Presentations of non-EU Balkan countries about
status of implementation of the Eurocodes (standards and legislation);
discussion on their specific problems and needs;
- Lectures delivered by experts from the
European Commission, CEN/CENELEC and EU member states with recommendations on
the way forward for the implementation of Eurocodes in the national regulatory
- Round table discussions regarding
implementation of the Eurocodes in the Balkan region, especially their
implementation in the national regulatory framework – conclusions and recommendations
for the way forward.
more information on the workshop programme, see the workshop flyer and the workshop programme.
Participants from non-EU countries in the Balkan region (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo(*), Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey) will attend the Workshop. Participation is on invitation only by the Organizing Committee. Participants are representatives of National Authorities (NAs), National Standardisation Bodies (NSBs), Engineering Chambers, Chairmen of CEN/TC250 Mirroring Committees and members of TC250 mirroring working groups. Further, representatives from institutions that are involved in the determination of the National Annexes and the training on the Eurocodes and provide support for the Eurocodes adoption will also be invited.
Nominated experts from the European Commission, EU Member States, CEN Management Centre and CEN/TC250 'Structural Eurocodes' will participate and give presentations.
(*) This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.
The presentations from the workshop can be downloaded from the following links. You are kindly asked to make the proper reference if using material from the presentations.
Disclaimer: The information and views expressed in the presentations are purely the ones of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official position of the European Commission.
Wednesday, 10 October, 2018
Session 1 A: Welcome and Introductory presentations
Session 1 B: EU MS case studies. Good practices and guidance.
Session 1 C: Eurocodes in the design practice. The Eurocodes international status.
Thursday, 11 October, 2018
Session 2 A: Opportunities in the Balkan region.
Session 2 B: Current status of the Eurocodes implementation in the non-EU Balkan region
Session 2 C: The way forward for the Eurocodes implementation in the Balkan region.
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Detailed information on the workshop, the programme, the presentation abstracts, the general conclusions and the country reports on the status of the Eurocodes implementation, can be found in the Workshop Report.
Download the report (1.0 MB)
A JRC Technical Report will also be published as a follow-up of the event based on the presentations and material
prepared for the Workshop. The report will focus on assessing the challenges
non-EU Balkan countries are encountering in Eurocodes implementation in the national
regulatory framework and providing recommendations for facilitating the
procedure based on the EU MS case studies. This report is envisaged to be of
interest to other countries worldwide that have expressed interest in the
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