The Swedish Chemicals Agency´s (KemI) 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.
The Croatian co-operation is carried out under the EU IPA programme (Instrument for Pre-Accession).
The Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) is supporting the co-operation with Serbia and Macedonia.
Co-operation with Croatia
In Croatia, KemI is co-operating with the Ministry of Health and the Institute of Toxicology in Zagreb.
The co-operation is conducted within the framework of the EU IPA, which is a programme for countries applying for EU membership or which strive for close co-operation with the EU.
The aim of the co-operation is to ensure harmonisation of the Croatian chemical legislation with EU rules and to develop proposals for institutional structure as well as educational efforts aimed at the staff of new institutions. KemI will have an expert adviser placed in Zagreb to assist in these matters.
Some of the project activities concern prevention of large chemical accidents. The Croatian Ministry of Environment and also Italian experts participate in the project.
The co-operation will continue until the summer of 2012.
Contact and KemI expert in Croatia: 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