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The way forward for the Eurocodes implementation in the Balkans: adoption and implementation in the national regulatory framework



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 Committee 250.


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.

Training Materials

WS Balkan - Download all presentations in zip format
(43.74 MB - ZIP)


Day 1: Wednesday, 10 October 2018

  1. 09:00 – 09:30
  2. 09:30 – 10:00
    Welcome addresses and introduction
  3. 10:00 – 10:30
    Towards the Second Generation of the Eurocodes
  4. 11:00 – 11:30
    Coffee break
  5. 12:30 – 13:00
    EU MS Case Study 4: France
  6. 13:00 – 14:00
    Lunch break
  7. 15:30 – 16:00
    Round table discussion
  8. 16:00– 16:30
    Coffee break
  9. 16:30 – 17:00
    Designers’ experience in using the Eurocodes
  10. 17:00 – 17:30
    The European Construction Sector Observatory
  11. 17:30 – 17:50
    JRC activities in support to the Eurocodes implementation
  12. 17:50 – 18:00
    Closure Day 1

    S. Dimova - DG JRC, European Commission

Day 2: Thursday, 11 October 2018

  1. 09:30 – 10:00
    Opening of JRC Research Infrastructures: Opportunities in the Balkan region
  2. 10:00 – 11:00
    Current status of the Eurocodes implementation in the non-EU Balkan region

    Country report – Albania R. Luka, Albanian Eurocodes Mirror Committee

    Country report – Bosnia and Herzegovina S. Dzidic, International BURCH University Sarajevo

    Country report – the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia V. Hristovski, ISRM TC 40Technical Secretary

    Country report – Kosovo M. Behluli, Eurocode Technical Committee Kosovo

  3. 11:00 - 11:30
    Coffee break
  4. 11:30 – 12:30
    Current status of the Eurocodes implementation in the non-EU Balkan region
  5. 12:30 – 13:00
    Presentation of survey on status of Eurocodes implementation in the Balkan region
  6. 13:00 – 14:00
    Lunch break
  7. 14:30 – 15:00
    Views from the Chamber of certified architects and certified engineers of Republic of Macedonia
  8. 15:00 – 15:30
    The concept of the Eurocodes Community of Practice in the Balkan region
  9. 15:30 – 16:00
    Coffee break
  10. 16:00 – 16:45
    Round table discussion
  11. 16:45 – 17:00
    Conclusions and closure of the workshop

    S. Dimova - DG JRC, European Commission


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.

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 Eurocodes.

Workshop Balkan Report
(1 MB - PDF)