Domestic companies that apply European standards have the opportunity to market more than 500 million consumers in Europe, emphasized at today’s press conference where the Vice President of the Macedonian Chambers of Commerce (CCC) Gabriela Kulebanova and the Director of the Institute for Standardization of the Republic of Macedonia (ISRM), Xhevad Kicara, signed a Memorandum of Cooperation. The event discussed the importance of European standards and their application to Macedonian companies in order to be competitive on the European market.

“Companies generally buy standards that are mostly ISO 14001, 14001 quality, but Macedonian industry already sees the need to use European standards and adapt to new technologies, more precisely replacing old technology with new equipment that will be parallel to European standards to can enter the European market and be competitive. European standards are becoming a key element in promoting industrial competition, as well as enabling the emergence of new markets and the development of new technologies. Their application means the elimination of trade barriers and ensuring greater efficiency. The standardization process itself is reserved, it costs time, resources and resources, but the ultimate goal is increased export and competitiveness of companies, as well as delivering better economic results, “said Kulebanova, adding that the Memorandum will further strengthen the cooperation between the two Institutions and will contribute in which more successful implementation of the standards of the companies in our country.

The director of ISRM, Kicara, said that companies should strengthen their awareness that the introduction of standards will enhance their competitiveness at home, and especially on the external market. “Products that conform to standards are much more competitive and have an edge over those that are not manufactured in accordance with the standards. The standard is also a passport for participation in the open market at European and global level. A European standard is applied in 33 countries, opening a market of more than 500 million consumers, thus eliminating trade barriers. It is precisely the standards that can help companies comply with the requirements set out in EU regulations, and safe and quality products can be placed on the global market only by applying the requirements that are prescribed in the standards, “Kicara said.

The Standardization Institute of the Republic of Macedonia is the only national standardization body in Macedonia and is a full member of the European standardization bodies. One of the main benefits for companies from participating in the work of the Institute is involvement in creating standards from the very beginning to the end.