Kick-off meeting of waste project in Serbia

© Vedrana Ilic (serbisches Ministerkabinett) f.l.t.r.: Snezana Boskovic Bogosavljević, Monika Mörth, Georg Rebernig, Wolfgang Wagner, Oskar Benedikt

Vienna, 18 May 2015 – With a kick-off meeting in Belgrade on 15 May the Environment Agency Austria started a new administrative partnership with the Serbian environmental authorities. The focus of the two-year project is on the management of hazardous waste. “The establishment of a functioning waste management system, especially for hazardous waste, is a cost-intensive undertaking that requires a considerable amount of time and administrative resources. But it is necessary - for the sake of our health and environmental protection. Through our collaboration with the Serbian Environment Ministry we will be strengthening the local administrations so that they will be able to establish the system successfully and create the necessary framework”, 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 - including the Serbian Environment Minister, Snezana Boskovic Bogosavljević;  the State Secretary for Environment, Stana Bozovic; the Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia, Michael Davenport; the Austrian Ambassador to Serbia Johannes Aigner; and Monika Mörth representing the  Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management - participated in the event which took place with the parliamentary group in Belgrade.

Key areas of cooperation

 

In the next two years Austrian experts, together with the Serbian authorities, will be evaluating the existing regulatory framework in the waste sector with regard to applicable EU legislation. They will also develop a strategy for implementing measures that are necessary for an integrated management of hazardous waste in Serbia. For some hazardous wastes such as end-of-life vehicles and waste electrical and electronic equipment, specific waste management plans will be developed. Training sessions and seminars will be organised to improve know-how on hazardous waste management in the institutions involved, e.g. the local and regional authorities.

 

Perspectives on Southeast Europe and beyond: 111 projects, 26 countries

 

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 26 countries in Eastern and Southeast Europe and in the Mediterranean countries, an experienced project partner. The Environment Agency Austria 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 and in Europe. Through administrative partnerships – so-called Twinning projects – the Environment Agency Austria has been supporting Central and Southeast European authorities in important environmental matters since 1999. It has assisted them in institutional capacity building and in the implementation of EU law. The funds for these projects are provided by the EU.

The Environment Agency Austria in a nutshell

 

The Environment Agency, Austria‘s largest expert organisation for environmental issues, is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2015. With more than 450 staff members from 55 scientific disciplines, it is one of the largest employers in the environment sector in Austria today. In its 30-year history the Environment Agency Austria has, with its expertise, played a decisive role in environmental protection and monitoring in Austria and in Europe. To meet challenges such as climate change, resource scarcity or energy transition, the Environment Agency Austria develops strategies and solutions and provides them for decision-makers in politics, administration and the economy. At international level, the Environment Agency Austria is actively involved in more than 200 networks and bodies and provides advice e.g. to the European Parliament and the EU Commission.

 

Further information:
Petra Kestler, Press Office, Environment Agency Austria, Tel.: +43-(0)1-313 04-5432