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ECHA Reinforces Commitment to Montenegro and Serbia to Join the EU

Montenegro and Serbia have been developing their chemicals management program for more than 10 years to align with the EU regulatory framework.

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May 18, 2021

by Klaudia C. Sostaric, I&I regulatory specialist, Belgium - Brussels (ChemADVISOR)

Montenegro and Serbia have been developing their chemicals management program for more than 10 years in order to align with the EU regulatory framework.

Though Montenegro and Serbia are not comparable with regards to the size of their market for chemical and biocidal products, the two countries are facing similar challenges in their preparation towards admission to the EU.

Based on the recent study conducted by the Instrument for Pre-Accession assistance (IPA) and commissioned and supported by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), both countries will need to strengthen their authorities’ administrative capacities in order to overcome the challenges they face. The challenges are rooted in the limited financial, human and IT resources currently available to fully implement and enforce the REACH, CLP, BPR and PIC regulations.

The aim of the study is to provide support to both countries as they progress along the path toward EU membership and to prepare them for their chemical safety obligations. The study includes several recommended actions to be undertaken by Montenegro and Serbia. Each action has a suggested implementation timeline as well as the list of relevant possible actors and estimated financial and human resources required. To help ensure progress, Montenegro and Serbia should consider joint activities and collaborations between the two competent authorities and supporting scientific institutes.

Additionally, both countries will benefit from the continued support provided by ECHA or existing Member state competent authorities with regards to capacity building activities, hands-on training sessions and undergoing information exchange. 

References

European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) Capacity Building in Third Countries
European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) Supporting Montenegro and Serbia to prepare for EU chemicals laws
Action plan - Serbia
Action plan - Montenegro

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