Kick-off meeting of a new Environment Agency Austria project in Macedonia

© Environment Agency Austria f.l.t.r.: Georg Rebernig (Managing Director of the Environment Agency Austria), Nurhan Izairi (Minister of Environment and Physical Planning), Fatmir Besimi (Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs), Aivo Orav (Head of Delegation of the European Union)

Vienna, 10 February 2016 – On 10 February the Umweltbundesamt (Environment Agency Austria) presented its new project which is aimed at the implementation of the Industrial Emissions Directive in Macedonia at the official kick-off meeting in Skopje.


The aim of the collaboration is to lay the legal foundation for the reduction of emissions from industrial installations in the future and for the achievement of European environmental quality standards, while also improving practical implementation. For this purpose the Macedonian authorities will be trained by experts from the Environment Agency Austria and the Galician Regional Ministry of Environment (junior partner in the project) in the enforcement of statutory provisions during workshops and training sessions. Georg Rebernig, Managing Director of the Environment Agency Austria, is delighted with the ground-breaking project, and says: “With this new project Macedonia clearly shows its willingness to implement the European environmental quality standards for industry. We support our Macedonian partner in this process with our know-how and our expertise in environmental pollution control and reduction. Ultimately the goal is to contribute to a clear improvement of the environmental situation in Macedonia.”


The Industrial Emissions Directive replaces seven previously existing directives that were relevant to industrial installations and defines requirements for the environmentally friendly operation of these installations that are of a more binding nature than previously prescribed in the EU.