Sofia, Bulgaria, Sheraton Hotel, Serdika Hall

Day One 19th May, 2005 / Thursday / 01:30 – 06:00 p.m.

01:30 - 02:00 p.m. Registration

02:00 - 03: 30 p.m. Opening

Mr. Dobromir Goushterov – Chairman of Union of Private Bulgarian Entrepreneurs “Vuzrazdane”

Mr. Mario Ohoven - President of European Confederation of Associations of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises / CEA – PME /


PANEL 1
EU Technical legislation – characteristics of harmonizing and enforcing EU legislation in member countries, newly accessed and candidate countries.Role and place of harmonized European standards and practical application problems.

Harmonization of Bulgarian Legislation with the European Union Directives in the Field of Technical Requirements for Products
Ms. Silvana Lybenova – Director of European Integration Directorate, Ministry of Economy, Bulgaria

Role and Place of Harmonized European Standards and Problems Related to their Application
Mr. Ivelin Burov – President of Bulgarian Institute for Standardization, Bulgaria

The Quality Infrastructure Readiness for Implementation the EU Technical Legislation in Bulgaria
Ms. Ani Todorova – President of State Agency for Metrology and Technical Surveillance, Bulgaria

The Law on Technical Requirements for Products - Framework Law Related to the Implementation of the EU Directives in Bulgaria
Ms. Olga Manafova- Vice-President of State Agency for Metrology and Technical Surveillance, Bulgaria
Ms. Violina Panayotova – Director of International Cooperation and European Integration Directorate, State Agency for Metrology and Technical Surveillance, Bulgaria

Role of European Standards and Problems Related to their Application in Slovenian Technical Legislation
Ms. Marjetka Strle Vidali - M.Sc.SIST General Manager of Slovenian institute for standardization, Slovenia

Implementation of the EU Technical Legislation in Estonia
Ms. Merike Kompus-van der Hoeven - Managing Director of Estonian Center for Standardization, Estonia

Experience of the Slovak Office of Standards, Metrology and Testing from the Process of Accession
Mgr. Dana Badikova- Deputy of European Affairs, Slovak Office of Standards, Metrology and Testing , Slovakia

03:30 - 04:00 p.m. Coffee break


04:00 - 05:30 p.m. PANEL 2

Problems and challenges of SME when applying EU technical legislation. Practical application experience

Problems and Challenges related to SMEs for Application of the EU Technical legislation. Application experiences in EU countries
Mr. Stefan Zickgraf - Secretary General of European Confederation of Associations of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (CEA-PME), Belgium

EU Membership – the Problems and Challenges for SMEs in UK
Mr. Norman Mackel - Director of the European Small Business Alliance (ESBA) Chairman Education, Training and Business Support Policy Committee Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), United Kingdom

Problems Facing Bulgarian SMEs in Applying the Technical Legislation of the European Union
Assos.Prof. Dr Grigorii Vazov – President of Higher School of Insurance and Finance - Member of UPBE Vuzrazdane
Senior Assistant Dr Zhelyo Hristozov, Bulgaria

Problems and Challenges Related to SMEs for Application of the EU Technical Legislation. Poland Experience
Mr. Tomasz Major - Director Legal Department, Chamber of Polish Employers, Poland

Implementing EU Technical Legislation in Lithuania – Practical Approach by Lithuanian Development Agency
Mr. Norbertas Savickas -EIC Project Manager, Lithuanian Development Agency, Lithuania

Problems and Challenges Related to SMEs for Application of EU Technical Legislation. Application Experience in Romania
Ms. Carmen Popescu – Vice-President of National Union of Romanian Employers, Romania

Problems Related to SMEs for Application of EU Technical Legislation. Bulgarian Experience
Mr. Stanimir Barzashki - Executive Director of Bulgarian Small and Medium Enterprises Promotion Agency, Bulgaria

5:30 - 06:00 p.m. Discussion

06:00 p.m. Dinner Reception

Day Two 20th May, 2005 /Friday/ 9:00 a.m. - 01:00 p.m.

09:00 – 09:30 a.m. Registration

09:30 – 10:30 a.m. PANEL 3

Problems and challenges related to evaluation and authorization of compliance with the Directives (national legislation comparison) and related activities – accreditation and certification

Conformity Assessment. Product Certification. Certification Mark of Conformity
Mr. Ivelin Burov – President of Bulgarian Institute for Standardization, Bulgaria

National System of Conformity Assessment. Development and Elaboration
Eng. Mariana Tzaneva- Director of Licences for Conformity Assessment Directorate
Eng. Hristo Toshev- Chief Expert at the Licences for Conformity Assessment Directorate,
State Agency for Metrology and Technical Surveillance, Bulgaria

The Place and Role of Accreditation in the Quality Infrastructure Development
M.Sc.Eng. Ani Stoilova -Executive Director of Bulgarian Accreditation Service Executive Agency, Bulgaria

Free Movement of Goods on the EU Markets: Risk Factors and Their Effect on Producers and Consumers
Senior Research Associate Dr. Eng. Orlin Nikolov - Managing Director of TUV Rheinland Bulgaria EOOD, Bulgaria

Problems and Challenges Related to Attestation and Certification of Conformity with the Requirements of the Construction Products Directive
Ms. Violeta Angelieva - Director, Technical Rules and Specifications Directorate, Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works, Bulgaria
Ms. Violeta Doneva - Chief, Conformity Assessment Sector, Technical Rules and Specifications Directorate, Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works, Bulgaria

Bulgarian Experience in Implementing Directive CPD 89/106 EEC through the Regulation on the Essential Requirements to Construction Products and their Conformity Assessment (RERCPCA)
Assos. Prof .Dr. Eng. Rumen Guglev- Manager of Building Research Institute NISI -Sofia, Bulgaria, President of the Association of Designated Conformity Assessment Bodies for Construction Products in Bulgaria

10:30 - 11:00 a.m. Coffee break

11:00 - 12:00 a.m. PANEL 4

Market monitoring. Supervision of general product safety. Legal framework, characteristics and practice.

Supervision of General Product Safety: Regulatory Framework and Its Application in Bulgaria
Mr. Damyan Lazarov - Chairmain of the Commission on Trade and Consumer Protection, Bulgaria

Contents, Specifics and Experience in the Application of Market Surveillance in the Sector of Electrical Equipment in Bulgaria
Eng. Anka Djourina - Chief Expert at the Market Surveillance Directorate General, State Agency for Metrology and Technical Surveillance, Bulgaria

Contents, Specifics and Experience in the Application of Market Surveillance in the Sector of Pressure Equipment and Simlpe Pressure Vessels in Bulgaria
Eng. Dafinka Dipchikova and Eng. Maria Kuncheva – Chief Experts at the Market Surveillance Directorate General, State Agency for Metrology and Technical Surveillance, Bulgaria

12:00 - 12:30 a.m. Discussion
Summary end conclusions
Closing remarks

12:30 a.m. Lunch Reception

Simultaneous English – Bulgarian and Bulgarian – English translation was provided


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