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The support in developing the system of sound chemicals management in Moldova in order to facilitate economic integration with the European Union

The absence of a coherent system for managing chemical substances, which would particularly regulate the duties of manufacturers and importers with regard to labelling and placement on the market, creates serious barriers to Moldovan entrepreneurs accessing the single market of the European Union.

The implementing party has extensive experience in assistance projects. From 2002 to 2007, two programmes were implemented within the PHARE project in the form of twinning agreements: “Chemicals control regulation and enforcement in Poland within Phare project Chemicals directives and administration and “Strengthening of the administrative capacity for risk assessment and chemicals control” as well as one project within Transitional Measures – “Preparation for implementation of the REACH legislative package.”

Working contacts with the Moldovan partner were created as part of the regional cooperation of Central and Eastern Europe in chemicals management. Closer contacts were established during the regional meeting within the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), which took place at the headquarters of the office in Lodz in December 2009. On 29 October 2010, a representative of the Bureau for Chemical Substances and Preparations took part as an expert in the second session of the Moldovan-Polish Forum for European Integration in Chisinau.

The support in developing the system of sound chemicals management in Moldova in order to facilitate economic integration with the European Union

The main aim of the project was to present to competent Moldovan authorities the method of managing chemical substances and mixtures in the European Union, and particularly the Polish experience in implementing EU regulations. The information gained from meetings organised within the project can be used in the daily work of Moldovan administration specialists, making it possible for them to prepare and implement more effective legislation on trading in chemicals, e.g. by knowing the correct way to classify, package and label chemicals.

Regulating chemicals management will also help consolidate the appropriate models of cooperation between the Moldovan government and entrepreneurs, with explicit specification of mutual obligations and interdependencies. As a result, the public authorities and the administration will have a better capacity for effective, just and economic execution of public policies. Closer cooperation between Moldova’s authorities and European Union institutions will lead to public dialogue and the involvement of non-governmental organisations in matters concerning chemicals management. The implementation of legislation similar to that in Europe will improve the way that citizens are informed.

The following was planned within the project:

  • study visit to the Chief Sanitary Inspectorate in Warsaw and to the consulting point in the Bureau for Chemical Substances and Preparations in Lodz;
  • training in Chisinau at the Ministry of Health of Moldova in the National Centre for Public Health.

The support in developing the system of sound chemicals management in Moldova in order to facilitate economic integration with the European Union

The implementation of this project resulted in an improvement of the skills of a group of 35 to 40 representatives of the Moldovan public administration, entrepreneurs and NGOs who are involved in the chemicals management process in Moldova. The experience gained during the study visit to the Polish office competent for chemicals made it possible for participants to become acquainted with the principles and standards of operation of this institution, and will make it easier to create a Moldovan equivalent of such an office in future. Knowledge about the Community system of management of these substances will help to adjust the beneficiary’s national regulations to a level allowing for full integration in this field in future. In addition, a consulting point was created for representatives of Moldova’s central administration in the Bureau for Chemical Substances and Preparations in Lodz.