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Balkan Coordinating Committee

Central Secretariat of the Balkan Coordinating Committee (BCC)
by the Union of Hellenic Scientists for Protypation and Standardization (ENEPROT):
19, Epimenidou  str., 54633 Thessaloniki-Greece, Tel+fax: +30 2310 286680

History of BCC

1991:  Bulgarian  Union  of  Standardizers (BUS)  was established in Sofia.

1993:  First International Conference (IC) Standardization  and  the  related  activities (SRA) took place in Sofia.

  1994: During the 2nd International Conference in Sofia, organized by the Bulgarian Union of Standardizers – BUS (founded in 1991), the Greek delegate Ang. Zachariadis proposed the organization of a Balkan Conference on standardization. The proposal was enthusiastically accepted by the other delegates.

1994 - 97: The proposal was advanced by prof. Zachariadis to the School of Engineering of Aristotle University, to the Greek Standardization Organization ELOT, and to the Sector of Central Macedonia of the Technical Chamber of Greece. After the acceptance of this proposal by these institutions, an Organizing Committee was founded in Thessaloniki. Prof B. Sandalski, President of BUS, participated in a meeting of the Organizing Committee, where the main details of the Conference were discussed.

1997, May 8-10: Under the management of the Organizing Committee, the Balkan Conference “Standardization and Related Activities, a Means of Balkan Countries΄ Collaboration” took place in Thessaloniki.

1998, August: The Union of Hellenic Scientists for Protypation and Standardization” (ENEPROT) was typically founded, having as one of its main targets the continuity of the Balkan Conferences.

2001, June 8: ENEPROT organizes the “1st Balkan Meeting of Scientists and Experts on Standardization” in its office seat in Thessaloniki. As it was foreseen and stated in the Protocol signed in that Meeting by Albanian, Bulgarian and Greek personalities, a “Balkan Coordinating Committee” (BCC)  was founded as a “Body which will act as center of collaboration of Balkan specialists and scientists on Standardization and Protypation”. BCC would be backed up for the secretarial work by a “Central Secretariat” (CS), which would function under the support of ENEPROT in its offices.

2002, October 7,8: The 2nd Balkan Conference “Standardization and Related Activities, a Means of Balkan Countries’ Collaboration” was organized by the Bulgarian team in Sozopol, Bulgaria. At the parallel Meeting of BCC, (where a Turkish delegation was added), the Albanian delegation undertook the responsibility to organize the 3rd Balkan Conference.

2003: The 3rd BCC Meeting took place in Edirne, Turkey, where a Bulgarian draft Regulation was discussed, among others, and the Turkish part announced the intention to try to organize the 4th Balkan Conference in Turkey.

2004, May 2,3: The 3rd Balkan Conference “Standardization and Related Activities, a Means of Balkan Countries’ Collaboration” was realized in Tirana and in parallel the 4th Meeting of BCC took place, where the Bulgarian plan for Regulation was taken into consideration and a draft protocol was worked out.

2006: The Turkish part notified that it could not manage to organize the 4th Conference and, as the attention at the Tirana Conference was extremely poor, a new effort for the continuity of the Balkan Conference should have been made. So, ENEPROT addressed to the Greek Ministry of Development, pointing out how important the matter of congressional activities on standardization is. The Ministry agreed to co-finance the 4th Conference to take place in Thessaloniki, under the prerequisite that it would be named International and ENEPROT would take the responsibility to organize such a conference every two years in Thessaloniki.

2007, May 18,19: The 4th International Conference “Standardization, Protypes and Quality, a Means for Balkan Countries’ Collaboration” was realized in Thessaloniki. The Bulgarian part undertook the responsibility at the BCC Meeting, which took place in parallel, to organize the 5th Conference in 2008 in Bulgaria. At the Meeting delegates from FYROM and Romania took part.

2008, September 15,16: The 5th International Conference (for which the Bulgarian organizers used the title of the Balkan Conferences) took place in Sozopol. During the parallel Meeting of BCC, the Bulgarian side handed over a draft of a BCC Regulation.  A discussion on the principles followed and copies of the Bulgarian draft Regulation were later sent to all the BCC members, by the CS. In the same year ENEPROT handed over a draft of a “Constitution” for BCC as further material for the discussion on BCC regulating frame.

2009, October 9,10:

The 6th International Conference “Standardization, Protypes and Quality, a Means for Balkan Countries’ Collaboration” was realized in Thessaloniki. In the parallel Meeting of BCC (where a delegate from Serbia took part) the principles and some details of a BCC Regulation were discussed. The Serbian delegate took the initiative to organize the 7th Conference in 2010 in Serbia.

2010, June 8,9: The 7th International Conference “Standardization, Protypes and Quality, a Means for Balkan Countries’ Collaboration” took place in Zlatibor, Serbia, conserving the title of the 4th and 6th Conferences. BCC had a Meeting right after the last session, in which a delegate from Slovenia took part. A brief review of the activities so far was passed in, the decision was taken to have a BCC Regulation based on this entire staff and specifications on this Regulation were stated.