Kick-off for waste project in Serbia

Environment Agency Austria and partners assist Serbia in the preparation of a new waste strategy and get a new national waste management plan off the ground

© Press Service - Ministry of Environmental Protection RS

Vienna, 1 December 2017 – An official kick-off meeting in Belgrade on 30 November marked the beginning of a new waste project under the leadership of the Environment Agency Austria. In two previous projects, a team of experts from Austria and other EU Member States had developed, together with the Serbian authorities, new standards for handling hazardous wastes. The aim of the new project is to improve the whole strategic and legal framework for waste management and to assist Serbia in this way in the EU accession process. “Delivering a well-functioning waste management system is costly and requires a great deal of time and administrative resources. At the same time it is essential for the protection of public health and the environment. We are working In cooperation with the Serbian Environment Ministry to strengthen administrative capacity in the country so that they can implement the system successfully”, said Georg Rebernig, Managing Director of the Environment Agency Austria, at the kick-off meeting.

 

A large number of representatives from national and international institutions attended the kick-off meeting, including the Serbian Environment Minister, Goran Trivan, the Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia, Mateja Norčič Štamcar, and the Swedish Ambassador to Serbia, Jan Lundin.

Main areas of cooperation

 

In the next two years, the expert team will evaluate and update, together with the Serbian authorities, the waste strategy which is currently in place. A waste prevention programme and a national waste management plan will also be developed. In training sessions and seminars the waste management know-how of the institutions involved – e.g. the local and regional authorities – will be improved.

 

The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, Naturvårdsverket, and the Lithuanian Environment Ministry are involved in the project as junior partners of the Environment Agency Austria. The project is funded through the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA).

The Environment Agency Austria in a nutshell

 

The Environment Agency Austria is the largest organisation of experts in the environment sector in Austria and with a demonstrable track record of more than 100 projects in 27 countries in eastern and south-eastern Europe and in the Mediterranean countries an experienced project partner. The Environment Agency committed to transforming the economy and society in order to ensure sustainable living conditions and develops an interdisciplinary and cross-cutting knowledge base for decision making on the local, regional, European and international level. Since 1999 the expert organisation has been supporting central and southeastern European authorities in institutional capacity building and in the implementation of EU legislation.

 

Weitere Informationen:

Sabine Enzinger, Press Office, Environment Agency Austria, Phone: 01/313 04-5488