The Balkans
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The Balkans

The Swedish Chemicals Agency´s co-operation with Croatia, Macedonia and Serbia encompasses the countries´ approximation to EU legislation and the development of central institutions.

Main tasks are to find the most proper approach to the EU REACH system and to facilitate the introduction of the system for classification and labelling of chemicals (CLP). Management of biocides and plant protection products are also subject to co-operation.

Co-operation with Macedonia and Croatia

During 2006-2010, a cooperation project was managed between the Macedonian Ministry of Health and the Swedish Chemicals Agency. It was a bilateral project funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). The project also involved the Macedonian and Swedish poison information centres.

During 2010-2012, a twinning project was run between the Ministry of Health of Croatia and the Swedish Chemicals Agency, organised within the frame of the European Commission's IPA program (Instrument for Pre-Accession). It also involved the Italian rescue department and environmental authorities in several northern Italian regions.

The aim of the cooperation was in both countries to adapt their legislation to EU chemicals legislation (CLP and REACH). In Croatia, the cooperation also addressed prevention and control of major chemical accidents (EU's so-called Seveso Directive).

Contact: Torbjörn Lindh 


Co-operation with Serbia

Since 2008, the Swedish Chemicals Agency has been engaged in development cooperation with the Serbian Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning. The country has formed a chemicals agency and laws on chemicals and biocides have been adopted.

The development has proceeded very rapidly and the agency currently has about 35 employees. A number of central and local inspectors are available for chemical control.

Effects of chemical control established in this way is becoming evident in the Serbian society. The companies have begun to understand that they are responsible for providing information on their chemical products. Another example is that a strategy for control of mosquitoes has been initiated to limit the aerial spraying of chemical pesticides. After a seminar that was conducted in spring 2011, aerial spraying in Belgrade declined from about ten occasions to one occasion per year.

Contact: Lilian Törnqvist


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