Austrian support for Serbian waste management

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Vienna, 10 December 2018 – In the beginning of December the Umweltbundesamt (the Environment Agency Austria) hosted a study visit of waste experts from Serbia to Austria. The aim of the visit was to share knowledge about financial instruments in the waste sector. The delegation had the opportunity to meet with representatives from the Environment Agency Austria, the Austrian Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism, Coordination Bodies for special waste streams, Waste Management Associations and Waste Treatment Operators to acquire further knowledge about financial aspects for regional waste management. On a trip to Styria the Serbian guests were able to gain insights into a mechanical-biological treatment facility and landfill site. The delegation was guided by project leader Brigitte Karigl (Environment Agency Austria) and component leader Andreas Moser (Austrian Ministry on Sustainability and Tourism) and comprised experts from the Serbian Ministry of Environmental Protection, the Serbian Agency for Environmental Protection and experts from the authority level of the autonomous province of Vojvodina.

Getting a new waste management plan off the ground

 

Since autumn 2017 the Environment Agency Austria supports Serbia on its way to establish a new Waste Management Strategy for the period 2020-2025. Therefore the Austrian expert team evaluates and updates, 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. 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.

 

Further information:

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