Seminar on “Good practices in the field of transport of dangerous goods by road in the SEE region”, 24 - 25 March 2015, Podgorica, Montenegro

Tuesday, 24. March 2015 to Wednesday, 25. March 2015

The seminar was hosted and organised by the Directorate for Emergency Management of the Ministry of Interior of Montenegro.

The seminar aimed to provide an opportunity for exchange of experiences and best practices among experts from the DPPI SEE Parties state institutions with roles and responsibilities in drafting and/or implementing laws and regulations governing the transport of dangerous goods by road in their respective countries, including in the implementation of relevant control mechanisms to prevent accidents and damage to persons, property and environment. 

Topics addressed through country presentations and follow-up discussions were: road transport of explosives, radioactive, chemical and toxic substances as well as testing of vehicles carrying dangerous goods and most importantly - national legislations regulating issuance of permits for transportation of dangerous goods – classes 1, 6 and 7. While discussing the current status of development and challenges faced in the application of related respective laws and by-laws, the participants also observed to what extent these laws had already had incorporated relevant EU directives and what was the estimation of their impact on national regulations. Necessity to establish effective information-management and data-flow between competent institutions at the national and regional level respectively was also emphasised as a pivotal point in the overall discussion.

In addition to eleven (11) Montenegrin experts in the field, equal number of representatives of other five (5) DPPI SEE Parties participated in the seminar (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia and Serbia). For its whole duration the seminar was also attended by Mr. Mirsad MULIC, the Montenegrin Director General. The Head of the Secretariat joined the participants at the end of day 1 and observed the seminar until end of day 2.

The seminar undoubtedly proved the importance and value of a quality expert discussion on emergency management related issues. The eligibility criteria in nominating their respective representatives was fully respected by all the participating DPPI SEE Parties.