Regional Workshop on control of major accident hazards involving dangerous substances SEVESO Directives, Chisinau, Moldova

April 22th – 24th, 2013 the first workshop of a series of four has been held in Chisinau, Moldova. The workshop was running over three days and served as an introduction on the aspects of the SEVESO II Directive including the changes brought by SEVESO III.

Main objectives of the workshops are to introduce the specialists from the Eastern Partnership Countries, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova, in the Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations (COMAH) field, to understand the scope of Seveso Directive, its definitions and terminology, and to describe and outline the administrative and operational requirements and challenges for a legislative approximation in this field.

After some theoretical lecture, the representatives actively participated in a number of exercises. 


Mr. Roberto Schiliro, the Head of Sector of International Cooperation of the Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (DG ECHO) of the European Commission participated in the workshop. He emphasized that SEVESO legislation has undergone periodical revision by the Commission and that SEVESO III is taking advantage of the experience matured by the 27 Member States. He underlined the flexibility of its implementation according to the specificity of the country and of its legislative and administrative framework. Furthermore, he emphasized the benefits that using of the same norms could bring to managing trans-boundary situations, and to diminish costs for European economic operators. He concluded saying that, if partner countries will identify legislative approximation to EU disaster prevention norms (among which SEVESO) as a priority for the next multiannual financial framework (MFF) 2014-2020, the European Commission could accompany such process with initiatives supported through its financial instruments.


The event was closed by Mr. Michael Harabagiu, Head of Civil Protection and Emergency Situation Services of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Moldova together with Mr. Roberto Schiliro, who handed over certificates of participation to all representatives of the six Partner Countries.   


The SEVESO programme will continue with sub regional workshops, in September in Kiev and in November in Minsk, where Partner Countries will discuss real experiences of their own countries and evaluate the concrete impact of Seveso directive on the existing sites; the programme will be finalized with Exchange of Experts in April 2014 in Brasov Romania, where several SEVESO sites will be visited.


Event report


List of Participants

Evaluation report