Inception Workshop, Republic of Macedonia

25-26th of September, 2007 Ohrid

Public Private Partnership Programme – Establishment of a Management System for PCB contaminated electrical equipment

On 25-26th of September the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning/POPs Unit, in cooperation with GTZ and Envio Germany GmbH & Co. KG organized an inception workshop to implement the Public Private Partnership Programme – Establishment of a Management System for PCB contaminated electrical equipment to fulfil the requirements of the Stockholm Convention.

The overall country action on POPs management is based on the NIP for POPs Reduction and Elimination, strategic document adopted by the Government of the Republic of Macedonia in 1995. As a NIP priority the PCBs elimination process is running, but there are still lack of regulations and technical standards pursuant to which the PCB-contaminated equipment must be handled and disposed of. At the same time, the owners of contaminated transformers are not fully aware of the environmental risk due to improper handling and storage.

The objective of the workshop was to raise the awareness regarding to the PCB-problem and the introduction of a management system for PCB-contaminated transformers and capacitors in Macedonia.
This objective will be achieved by holding training events with representatives of the Ministry of the Environment and Physical Planning and other involved Governmental and Non-Governmental institutions and the environmental authorities from the industry. This training will impart important knowledge on regulations and international treaties, the environmentally sound storage and transport of PCB-contaminated materials and allow the development of suitable strategies for temporary storage. Technical guidelines for the safe handling of PCB will also be developed by GTZ and ENVIO in cooperation with the Ministry of the Environment and Physical Planning. Information campaigns for informing the industry about the hazards and the safe handling of PCB-contaminated equipment and transformers and a survey in three selected industry areas for the determination of the number of existing PCB-contaminated equipment will also be carried out.

Among other issues the workshop will explain the legal obligations arising from the recently adopted Rulebook on the PCB Management (Official Gazette of the RM, No. 48/2007)

List of available documents for download:

  • Endocrine disrupters (format: pdf document)
  • Endocrine disrupters (format: pdf document)
  • Envio presentation Neupert-Bergel (format: pdf document)
  • PCB Disposal Workshop – Macedonia _Schimpf (format: pdf file)
  • PCB Disposal Workshop – Macedonia (format: pdf file)
  • PHB-Istorija osobini i primena (format: pdf file)
  • PHB-Nacionalna legislativa (format: pdf file)
  • Presentation closing of a speech H Bergel 17.09.2007 (format: pdf file)
  • Presentation of PPP-Envio-gtz Macedonia Projekt H Bergel 22.09.2007 (format: pdf file)
  • Public Communication Sector PPT (format: pdf file)
  • Stokholmska Konvencija-temel za upravuvanje so PCB (format: pdf file)
  • WSchimpf – Opening speech Mazedonia (format: pdf file)
  • Conclusions (format: pdf file)