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Red Square, Moscow

Red Square, Moscow© M. Gerardin

Moscow (RU) - 09/10/08 - 10/10/08

EU-Russia Eurocodes Workshop


The JRC Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC) is co-organising an EU-Russia workshop on standardisation for the construction industry in Moscow, October 9-10, 2008. The event explores possibilities for co-operation between the EU and Russia on reducing divergences in construction standards and on achieving better building design in terms of safety and security.

The meeting is the first of its kind on standardisation in the construction sector between the EU and Russian authorities.

Eurocodes, a tool for building safety and reliability enhancement

The JRC plays an important role in European construction standards harmonisation and in the promotion of Eurocodes, a series of 10 European Standards, (EN 1990 - EN 1999) that provide a common approach for the design of buildings and civil engineering and construction products. The standards are a means of assuring conformity with the essential requirements of the Construction Products Directive on works and products bearing the "CE" marking. They are also the preferred reference for technical specifications in public contracts.

Through its European Laboratory for Structural Assessment (ELSA), the JRC-IPSC provides crucial construction-related research, performing vulnerability assessment on buildings and civil infrastructures for risk mitigation.

The Workshop is co-chaired by: Michel Géradin, Head of the ELSA (JRC) and Sergei Vassilievich Pugachev, Deputy Director of the Russian Federal Agency on Technical Regulation and Metrology. Opening addresses are delivered by Sergei Ivanovich Kruglik, Vice-Minister of Regional Development of the Russian Federation, and Paul Vandoren, Deputy Head of the Delegation of the European Commission to Russia.

130 representatives of different Russian organisations participate in the workshop: 4 Russian Governmental agencies, 15 research centres and universities, 6 professional associations and 64 Russian and international enterprises. The Workshop is co-organised with TAIEX, the Commission's Enterprise Directorate-General, CEN (the European Committee for Standardisation) and the Russian Federal Agency on Technical Regulation and Metrology.