authority: Bulgarian Ministry of Industry in Sofia
The overall goal of the project was to support the
Bulgarian preparations for EU membership and economic integration.
The immediate objective was
to conduct 'specialist to specialist exchange' with Bulgarian civil servants
on the Free movement of goods.
The programme was implemented in May 1999. The participants were senior
experts from the Ministry of Industry, the Ministry of Transport, the
Ministry of Environment, the Committee of Standardisation and Metrology,
the Ministry of Trade and Tourism, the Ministry of Health and a few
private sector representatives from Chamber of Commerce and others.
The training included
the functioning of the EU institutions and their impact on
the Free movement of goods,
the geography of European integration (levels of
integration, EU-EFTA-CEEC relations). The concepts of the Internal Market
and “Industrial Policy” at the EU level. The Treaty and relevant case
law on Free movement of goods were presented. A simple test on barriers to
trade was used on several cases for plenum discussions,
the secondary legislation; the system of EU legal acts
harmonising the security aspects of a large number of goods; the
“Sectoral Approach” and the “New Approach”; the complementary
function of directives and standard; cases were presented on directives
for construction products, electromagnetic compatibility and toys;
conformity assessment and the CE-mark,
cases on technical barriers to trade; Danish experiences
with the combat of irregularities in the Internal Market and on the
sources of EU information for the industry and for the
public with focus on Free movement of goods.