Experts from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia (CCIS), know-how recipient, and of the Austrian Economic Chamber (WKO), know-how provider, gathered in Belgrade on 14 January 2016 for the Kick-off meeting of the KEP AUSTRIA project ‘’Establishing Methodology for the Development of CE Application for Directive on Machinery’’ (Project MEDOCE). Representatives from the Serbian Ministry of Economy and the Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs also attended the event.
Miroslav Miletic, Vice President of CCIS explained that the Serbian Chamber was paying special attention to the implementation of the technical regulations and standardisation, a prerequisite for effective exports and competitiveness of Serbia’s economy at European market level. Since with the Stabilization and Association Agreement, barriers to doing trade with the EU are diminishing, Serbian companies are now faced with more export opportunities, but also with more competition from the EU. 

In order to support Serbian SMEs, the project co-financed by the CEI Know-how Exchange Programme (KEP) AUSTRIA with 22,972 EUR, aims at  transferring knowledge, best practices and specific expertise accumulated during the EU accession process on the CE marking requirements. The two parties will work together in order to enable the free movement of products within the European market through the introduction of new services for SMEs in Serbia.

The WKO has developed an on-line service for small and medium-sized enterprises and during the meeting presented the Austrian Machinery and Metalware Industries, ‘’CE ONLINE’’ web-portal, briefly outlining the basic procedure of CE - marking.

The CCIS team presented its experience and activities in the field of CE marking, such as participation in the regulatory process, preparing publications, workshops and trainings for chamber members, etc.

The next meeting to be held at the end of February in Belgrade, aims at training the CCIS team members in order to get them familiar with three directives (Machinery, LVD and EMC), available guides, harmonised standards, detailed procedure of CE Marking, etc.). It will be followed by a meeting at the WKO in Vienna at the end of March where the two parties will work together on the technical specification for the software application.
The Project will be running until November 2016. ***  
The KEP AUSTRIA - part of CEI Know-how Exchange Programme - is financed by Austria, with funding provided by the Austrian Development Cooperation (based on an agreement between the Central European Initiative and Austrian Development Agency). The Programme aims at promoting capacity building and technical assistance through know-how transfer from CEI EU to CEI non-EU Member States.