Wspólnotowy Serwis Informacyjny Badan i Rozwoju - CORDIS

FP5

INCOLAB Streszczenie raportu

Project ID: G7RT-CT-2002-05106
Źródło dofinansowania: FP5-GROWTH
Kraj: Estonia

Strategy for the full implementation of Low Voltage Directive in Estonia

Strategy process leader/strategy preparation coordinator. The process of finding a strategy preparation coordinator started in September 2004 and continued till January 2005. In February 2005, a contract was signed between the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications and Aardeke LTD for the preparation of the strategy for the full implementation of Low Voltage Directive in Estonia. As Aardeke Ltd did not fulfil the duties according to the requirements settled in the contract, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications withdrew from the contract in September 2005 and the process to find a new strategy preparation coordinator started. On February 6, 2006, a contract was signed between the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications and AsiConsult Ltd for the preparation of the strategy for the full implementation of Low Voltage Directive in Estonia.

The outsourced professional strategist leads the strategy preparation process from AsiConsult Ltd.

The responsible institution for the strategy preparation was Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications that took all final decisions in all the matters during the strategy preparation process and accepted the strategy document in December 2006. The strategy preparation expert group (working group) was formed already in March 2005 including persons from all the institutions involved in INCOLAB.

Content of the strategy. The strategy preparation process was divided into three (3) main stages as follows:

1) Mapping the present situation in the field of LVD in Estonia among:
- Local importers and producers (overview and statistics of LVD-products sector, interviewing the main producers, identification of test procedures and equipment for main products foreseen by relevant standards);
- Laboratories (Testing and Calibration Laboratory of Electrical Safety Control Centre Ltd, Testing and Calibration Centre of Tallinn University of Technology);
- Market surveillance authorities (Technical Inspectorate, Consumer Protection Board, Tax and Customs Board).

2) Objectives for the years 2007-2010
- Laboratories;
- Market Surveillance;
- General guidelines for producers and importers.

3) Action plan for the years 2007-2010:
- Awareness of consumers (consumer survey, awareness campaigns for consumers, improvement of consumer-oriented information and feedback services);
- Awareness of producers and importers (increase of translated standards, improvement of information services for producers and importers, support for producers from structural funds for consultation, testing, and certification);
- Market surveillance (risk analysis, safety targets and goals, surveillance methods based on analysis' results, targets and goals, more attention to proactive measures, budgeting based on real needs, improvement of feedback from healthcare, police and rescue systems, improvement of co-operation with customs, development and integration of Estonian and European databases);
- Laboratories (improvement of co-operation with international certification systems, development of Estonian certification system, improvement of testing services for Market Surveillance authorities, development of testing equipment based on today's needs of producers, importers and Market Surveillance authorities, analysis of future developments in Estonia and in the region, feasibility research, development of testing equipment based on results of analysis and research).

Reported by

MINISTRY OF ECONOMIC AFFAIRS AND COMMUNICATIONS
HARJU 11
15072 TALLINN
Estonia
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