A Workshop on security and safety aspects of the implementation of the Authorized Economic Operator Programme in CEFTA is held today and tomorrow in Skopje. This workshop is organized under the USAID program for Economic Development, Governance and Enterprise Growth (EDGE), with the support of the German Society for International Cooperation GIZ, through the Regional Economic Integration Support Project. The workshop was attended by senior representatives of the Customs Administration, the USAID Mission in Skopje, GIZ and a US customs expert, as well as representatives of customs from all CEFTA member states.

The main goal of this workshop is to strengthen the capacities of the customs authorities for implementation of the national programmes for authorized economic operator (AEO) in the CEFTA region, for better understanding of the security and safety requirements and standards for the companies for obtaining AEO authorisation and monitoring the security AEO performance.

The Director General of the Customs Administration Slavica Kutirov welcomed the participants at the opening session, noting that the implementation of AEO programmes at national level and their mutual recognition in the region is in line with the latest requirements of economic operators and their expectations, following modern trends. In addition to the many activities that the Customs Administration is currently implementing, as part of the activities within CEFTA and the Open Balkans initiative, we are actively working on mutual recognition of AEO certificates in the region, smooth functioning of green corridors, and establishment of electronic exchange data with countries in the region and neighboring EU member states, in order to support and ensure uninterrupted movement in the regional and global supply chain.

    

    

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