PANEL DISCUSSION OF THE SERBIAN NATIONAL PETROLEUM COMMITTEE OF THE WORLD PETROLEUM COUNCIL titled “Quality Management of Oil Products and Regional Market Integration”

Serbian National Petroleum Committee has played a significant role in the success of this year’s Forum on Clean Technologies by hosting one the leading panel discussion sessions on the first day of the forum called “Quality Management of Oil Products and Regional Market Integration”. The conference participants had the opportunity to hear the presentations of Snežana Ristić, Head of the Sector for Legal and Economic Affairs in the Area of Oil, Oil Products and Natural Gas of the Ministry of Mining and Energy, Goran Radosavljević, PhD, Secretary General of the Serbian National Petroleum Committee as well as Artur Ternes, representative of the Hungarian company “ÁMEI Petroleum Products Quality Company”, while the session was moderated by Professor Slobodan Sokolović, PhD, Vice-Chairman of the Serbian National Petroleum Committee.

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Snežana Ristić put forward current results obtained through implementation of the Regulation on Monitoring Quality of Oil Products and Bio-Fuels which initiated the process of monitoring quality of oil products and which came into force on 1st December 2015. She said that monitoring was aimed at improving the quality of fuels in the Serbian market, suppressing illegal trade of oil products and increasing the budget revenue. She said that as little as 4% out of the 3,000 analyzed samples were found to deviate from the prescribed quality parameters.

Secretary General of the Serbian National Petroleum Committee (SNPC) presented the results of FEULPAGE project implemented by SNPC in partnership with the Market Inspection of the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications and Ministries of Justice and Energy. FUELPAGE Project was focused on the transfer of experiences and good practices from EU countries and Czech Republic in order to improve the efficiency of the oil products quality monitoring process in Serbia. The project was co-financed with the grants approved by the Central European Initiative. The results to be obtained through consultations between the Serbian National Petroleum Committee, competent ministries and partner organizations from Czech Republic throughout the duration of the project will be the foundation for joint preparation of the Final Project Study with proposed recommendations and measures for reinforcing and improving the framework for monitoring the quality of oil products in Serbia.

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Goran Radosavljević pointed out that one of Committee’s goals was to establish continuous cooperation with the Serbian Government with the aim to improve oil sector and business environment in Serbia, stating that the monitoring was of interest both to the Government and to the oil companies – members of the Serbian National Petroleum Committee (SNPC), legally operating on the Serbian market. Radosavljević pointed out that “Through partnership with government institutions, primarily with the Ministry of Mining and Energy and Ministry of Trade, representatives of the members of SNPC will be able to contribute to the analysis of the current oil products quality monitoring system in Serbia and to give recommendations for its improvement”, and noted that SNPC actively worked on development of new possibilities to broaden its cooperation with Czech institutions and companies in the area of regulation of oil product market in Serbian in accordance with their good practices.

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Addressing the panel, Artur Ternes presented his estimates in regard to trends observed in the oil product quality management from the aspect of state and regulatory bodies, consumers, oil industry and vehicle manufacturers based on many years of experience acquired in his rich professional career as one of the managers of Hungarian oil company MOL.

All materials, including Forum conclusions, presentations, Collection of Expanded Abstracts, can be obtained via www.ktt.uns.ac.rs.

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