Highly sophisticated equipment procured thanks to the European Commission through the IPA programme was officially promoted today, 22nd January 2020,

The equipment worth EUR 372,650 is mainly intended for analyzing excise goods, chemicals products and other goods to detect possible tax evasion or to identify if they are subject to prohibitions or restrictions. Instruments and ancillary equipment  have also been procured, such as chromatographic techniques examining the marker in red oil, alcohol content in alcoholic beverages, sugar and fat content in foodstuffs, etc.

The laboratory is an important segment for achieving the global objectives of the Customs Service by determining the nature, origin and value of the goods, their classification per the customs tariff, ensuring proper collection of duties and taxes, application of trade policy measures, equalizing the competitive conditions on the market, prevention of illicit trade and transfer of goods, as well as protection of people’s health.

Ms. Nina Angelovska - Minister of Finance, H.E. Samuel Zbogar - Ambassador, Head of Delegation of the European Union and Mr. Djoko Tanasoski - Director of the Customs Administration attended the event and addressed the audience and the media. 

Finance Minister Angelovska expressed her satisfaction with the European Union's contribution to strengthening the capacities of the Republic of North Macedonia that as a future EU Member State will be able to achieve the priorities and objectives in the area of laboratory activities, in accordance with the EU standards and regulations.

Customs Director General Tanasoski expressed special gratitude to the Delegation of the European Union for the longterm cooperation, support and contribution to the improvement and affirmation of the customs operations and noted that the main activities aimed at further modernization of the Customs Laboratory is its accreditation, in line with ISO 17025: 2017 standards

EU Ambassador Zbogar stressed that the new equipment will contribute to ensure safety and security of products and health of people and the environment, as well as to prevention of fraud and efficient collection of customs and excise duties. "This equipment, located the Institute of Chemistry, shows that scientists and public institutions can work together and contribute to the wellbeing of people and society as a whole," Zbogar said.

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