New project for the Environment Agency Austria in Croatia

f.l.t.r.: Hana Mesić (project leader Kroatia), Stefano Cocchi (resident twinning advisor), Ivana Gudelj (director of the Croatian Agency for the Environment and Nature), Mile Horvat (state secretary at the Croatian Ministry of Environment and Energy), Violeta Philippitsch (Austrian Environment Agency, Austrian project leader), Paolo Angelini (Italian project leader), Adriano Chiodi Cianfarani (Italian ambassador), Stjepan Huzjak (National Protection and Rescue Directorate) und Aleksandar Pešić (project manager CFCA)

Vienna/Zagreb, 18 September 2017 – In the next one and a half years, the Croatian Agency for the Environment and Nature will be working intensively to develop its national environmental information system and adapt it to European standards. Experts of the Environment Agency Austria and the Italian Ministry of the Environment and Protection of Land and Sea will assist them with their know-how. The collaboration started with a kick-off event in Zagreb on 15 September, which was attended by high-ranking representatives from national and international institutions, including the state secretary at the Croatian Ministry of Environment and Energy, Mile Horvat, the Italian ambassador to Croatia, Adriano Chiodi Cianfarani, and the Austrian project leader Violeta Philippitsch.


The aim of the collaboration is to improve monitoring of chemicals and hazardous substances and the implementation of European standards. The focus will be on the safety of industrial installations and accident prevention according to the Seveso Directive. Existing databases will be updated, blended with geographic data and moved to the national environmental information system. Improved documentation will facilitate reporting to the European Union, while new geographic applications will make better use of the data. There will be seminars and workshops to provide training for the national authorities in data processing, analysis and reporting. The project will be led by the Italian Ministry of the Environment and Protection of Land and Sea.

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 builds bridges between the economy, science and politics at national and international level and develops perspectives on the sustainable development of society in Austria, Europe and beyond. Since 1999 the Environment Austria has been supporting central and eastern European authorities in institutional capacity building and in the implementation of EU legislation.


Further information:

Petra Kestler, Press Office, Environment Agency Austria, Phone +43 1 313 04-5432