WB6 regulators learn from Montenegrin transposition of Regulation (EU) 2019/1020

On June 9, 2021 the PTB SEE QI 4 project organised a three-hour workshop in which WB6 experiences and questions regarding the transposition of the new EU legislation on market surveillance were discussed. The workshop was attended by 39 participants from WB6 countries.

This workshop was the follow up of an e-conference on the new EU legislation in market surveillance organized by the SEE QI 4 project in May 2020. According to a short poll done before the main presentations, the WB6 legislators’ main motivation and interests in participating in the workshop were to “learn more about the EU market surveillance regulations” and to “resolve their concrete questions on how to transpose the new EU legislation in their own context”. WB6 legislators benefitted from Montenegro’s frontrunner position in the region: Montenegro has intensively worked on the transposition of Regulation (EU) 2019/1020 with support from a bilateral EU technical assistance project and was ready to share all experiences with its Western Balkan neighbors.

The workshop opened with a theoretical introduction into the legislative transposition process by Ms Vera Despotović from the Serbian Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications.
Afterwards Ms Marina Janković from the Montenegrin Administration for Inspection Affairs presented the development process and content of the Montenegrin draft market surveillance law.
Mr. Joachim Geiss from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy commented on some key presentation points and addressed questions from the WB6 countries regarding the table of concordance of the Montenegrin draft law with Regulations (EU) 2019/1020 and (EU) 2019/515, which inspired a lively discussion and exchange among the WB6 participants.

Additionally, the current status of the Law on Market Surveillance in Bosnia and Herzegovina was presented by Ms Gordana Krsmanović Kusmuk from the Market Surveillance Agency of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The WB6 legislators then went into a peer-to-peer exchange in breakout rooms to discuss the lessons learned from the Montenegrin draft law. The workshop closed with presentations and a discussion of findings and recommendations regarding the transposition of the new EU legislation on market surveillance in Western Balkan countries.

SEE QI 4 team members from Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina offered to continue sharing resources and experiences with the other WB6 experts. Participants in the workshop came up with the idea to meet in ad hoc bilateral working groups when starting the transposition in their own countries. The PTB SEE QI 4 project will provide further support with the transposition process on national level, if needed, and with a toolbox for the development of national strategies as required by the new Regulation (EU) 2019/1020.

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