A delegation of representatives of Serbian Ministry of Mining and Energy, Market Inspection of the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications, National Petroleum Committee of Serbia and Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Belgrade participated in a three-day peer review visit to the Czech Republic, in the framework of the project: „Capacity Building for an Improved Mineral Fuel Quality Monitoring System – Transfer of Best Practices against Grey Economy (FUELPAGE)“.
The peer review programme was tailored in accordance with the topics of highest interest to the Serbian beneficiary institutions, led by Serbian ministry in charge of trade and market inspection as main know-how beneficiary, that have been raised and identified in the course of the first months of fuel quality monitoring activities conducted in Serbia, where FQM regulatory acts have been introduced on 1 December 2015, as part of harmonization of national legislation with the EU acquis communautaire.
As part of the visit programme the Czech Ministry of Industry and Trade presented the system of Czech fuel quality monitoring and reporting system, while the Czech Market Inspection outlined their operations and inspection procedures related to sampling of petroleum products, in line with their competences for supervising fuel quality specifications as defined in European quality standards. The visit followed by meeting with the Customs Administration of the Czech Republic, where they have presented the field of their competences, projects in place and those in plan to be introduced.
As project goals foresee not only experience exchange on FQM and reporting to the European Commission, in line with Directive 98/70/EC and its subsequent amendments, but also best practices in fight against grey economy in the petroleum sector, the visit programme was extended by an Experience Exchange Forum on Marking of Petroleum Products, where representatives of Serbian Ministry of Mining and Energy and Ministry in charge of trade and market inspection presented the benefits of this national programme in Serbia on the strengthening of legal flows and securing fair competition on the Serbian petroleum market. The presentation drew significant attention among Czech institutions and was attended by representatives of the Czech Customs Administration, Market Inspection, Ministry of Finance and Czech SGS.
The visit to one of the largest fuel stations in Prague included hands-on presentation of the FQM procedures with a simultaneous regular inspection visit of Czech Market Inspection to the fuel station and presentation of sampling procedure by a market inspector. In addition, a presentation on an SGS mobile laboratory was made, as well as on additional quality control activities run by commercial subjects in the Czech Republic according to the „Seal of Quality“ programme.
While the peer review programme ended with a visit to a fuel terminal of Čepro a.s., one of the leading companies for transport, storage and sale of petroleum products in the Czech Republic, the participants from institutions both from the Czech Republic and from Serbia have identified solid grounds for maintaining and further strengthening cooperation in the fields of mutual interest in the future.