November 16, 2010
The final report of the ESPRiT project has been accepted by DEG. more
June 10, 2010
Survey Final evaluation of impact of ESPRiT project results is open for all project participants and partners!
March 30, 2010
Last round of certification for ESPRiT professional titles (ESPRiT risk examiner and ESPRiT senior risk assessment) will be held in last week of April 2010. more
January 20, 2010
Prolongation of ESPRiT project! more
January 9, 2010
Announcement of ESPRiT events in January 2010

DEG-Project ESPRiT

"Enhancing Industrial Safety, Environmental Protection and Risk Management in Serbia by means of dedicated Training, Education and Technology Transfer“

ESPRiT is a project aimed at improving of industrial safety and environmental protection by means of enhanced Risk Management in the companies, especially in the small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The “infrastructures” needed for the achievement of the project goals will be developed in the project and these will include the educational infrastructure, the IT-infrastructure, local offices and the modules of the special courses which will become part of the curricula at the Serbian Universities and industrial educational schemes. This overall infrastructure will help the Serbian government (e.g. the Ministries responsible for Environment and Education), as well as for the innovation centers at the Universities of Belgrade and Novi Sad, to create a sustainable set of measures for improvement of industrial and occupational safety, and environmental protection in Serbia.

The key elements of the concept are the implementation of an overall risk management system compatible with the EU-norms, and education of the HSE (Health, Safety, Environment) responsible professionals, according to the EU and German practices. The implementation will have to take into account the specific factors and difficulties in Serbia such as, e.g., those in the area of education.

In parallel to the above technical activities a comprehensive dissemination and PR network will be created.

Main results of the project will include education of 10 trainers and several hundreds course participants, (800 course participations are planned), as well as the certification of 200 participants The education and certification will follow the EU-criteria and Steinbeis University Berlin will be in charge of the certification process.

As a measurable parameter of the successful project implementation, the KPIs (key performance indicators, at least 2 of them in 2 Serbian plants) should be improved by at least 5 % as the result of the project. On the overall economic plan, the project will lead to increased attractiveness of Serbia for foreign investors, due to the improved possibilities to meet the requirements resulting from the use of the EU legislation.
About DEG 

DEG, member of KfW Bankengruppe (KfW banking group), finances investments of private companies in developing and transition countries. As one of Europe's largest development finance institutions, it promotes private business structures to contribute to sustainable economic growth and improved living conditions.
About R-Tech 
cert_logo.jpg Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies, R-Tech, is one of the transfer centers belonging to the Steinbeis Foundation, established in 1971. The Foundation and its 700+ Transfer Centers in 50+ countries offer global services in technology and knowledge transfer. The R-Tech was founded in July 2001 and the main competence of the center is in the area of assessment, analysis and management of business and technical risks. The center is currently active in the area of industrial safety and technology related risks.