Kick-off for a new project in Serbia

Environment Agency Austria supports Serbia on its way towards the EU


Vienna, December 15, 2016 - The official kick-off event in Belgrade marks the start of another project with the participation of the Environment Agency Austria in Serbia, continuing to bring the West Balkan state closer to European standards. Together with the consulting company EPTISA, the Environment Agency Austria supports Serbian authorities as a junior partner in further developing and implementing the national approximation strategy in the environmental sector.


Project leader Violeta Philippitsch from the Environment Agency Austria at the project launch: "I am delighted about the new cooperation and the trust that our Serbian partners put into our work." In the next two years experts from different disciplines will work to identify the costs and benefits of approaching EU environmental standards, set priorities and develop plans for the implementation of selected EU directives into Serbian law. The experts from the Environment Agency Austria  will contribute in particular to waste management plans and the development of corresponding administrative capacities..


"Further Implementation of environmental approximation strategy" is a "Technical Assistance"-project aiming to support  institutional capacity building in the beneficiary countries. The financial resources for this project are provided by the European Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA). 

Environment Agency Austria in brief

With more than 500 employees from 55 disciplines, the Environment Agency Austria is the leading organisation of experts for all environmental topics and media in Austria and, with a track record of more than 100 individual projects in 27 countries in Eastern and Southeast Europe as well as  in the Mediterranean countries, an experienced project partner. The Agency builds bridges between the economy, science and politics at national and international level, while also developing perspectives on the sustainable development of society in Austria, in Europe and beyond. 


Further information: 

Inge Zechmann, Press Officer, Environment Agency Austria, +43131304-5413