Within the project „Capacity Building for an Improved Mineral Fuels Quality Monitoring System - Transfer of Best Practices against Grey Economy (FUELPAGE)“, the first training workshop on fuel quality monitoring was held in Belgrade, Serbia on 20 May 2016.

FUELPAGE is co-financed in the framework of the CEI Know-How Exchange Programme - ITALY, sponsored by the CEI Fund at the EBRD entirely financed by Italy. The CEI grant amounts to 17,445 EUR out of a total project cost of 48,100 EUR.

The training held by the representatives of the University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague as main know-how provider within FUELPAGE, in cooperation with the Czech Association of Petroleum Industry and Trade, attracted wide attention among the beneficiary group in the Republic of Serbia (Market Inspectors of the Serbian Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications, Serbian Ministry of Mining and Energy, representatives and members of the National Petroleum Committee of Serbia and the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of Belgrade University).

Following the Screening visit in Belgrade in March, where questions of highest interest and concern among the beneficiary group were opened, the training workshop was tailored towards the needs of the target group, entailing a large variety of topics in the whole fuel-quality-monitoring chain.

The gathering started  with the comparison of the Czech and Serbian legislation and existing regulation systems related to fuel quality monitoring in the two countries. It was followed by  a presentation of the categorisation of fuel quality deviations in the Czech Republic and by a detailed presentation on the Czech practice of sampling and sample evaluation.

The Ministry of Mining and Energy took advantage of the event to present the first results of fuel quality monitoring in Serbia, which has been in place since December 2015. In fact, the Ministry is responsible  for the adoption of legislation in the field of fuel quality monitoring and for final annual reporting on conducted monitoring, implemented in cooperation with the Serbian Market Inspection in charge of the inspection supervision of the national FQMS. 

The discussions raised during the first project activities constitute  the basis for tailoring the project activities further to the requirements and needs of the beneficiary group led by the Serbian ministry in charge of trade. The project will continue with an on-site introduction of the Czech FQMS and peer-to-peer conversations with Czech authorities during the visit of representatives of the beneficiary group to the Czech Republic in June 2016 and ultimately finalize with the preparation of measures for enhancement of the FQM framework in Serbia.
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