Serbia has largely completed the transposition of the Industrial Pollution Control (IPPC) Directive into Serbian Law. In this project, Human Dynamics were engaged to support the improvement of the transposition, implementation and enforcement of select elements of European legislation, notably the Industrial Emissions Directive, the Seveso III Directive and the European Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS), and further the development of a Directive Specific Implementation Plan (DSIP) for the Industrial Emissions Directive.
These items of legislation underpin pollution control and regulation across the European Union. The Industrial Emissions Directive, for example, aims to minimise: pollution and harmful industrial emissions throughout the EU — by setting limits across a large range of products and processes ranging from solvents to waste incineration; emissions to air, water and land; the use of raw materials; noise. Further, it targets accident prevention and site restoration on facility closure. This legislation has been critical in standardising regulation across the EU and in improving the quality of life for EU citizens, and it is a component of the EU acquis.
Improving the quality of life and protection from harm are fundamental drivers of this project. This project will help raise the standard of environment, pollution control and regulation in Serbia, thus ultimately contributing to better environmental quality across the region and Europe. Putting in place environmental legislation and increasing the capability and capacity of the authorities to properly police and enforce those standards will have an impact on companies and citizens. Not least, the project played a role in the preparations for the EU accession negotiations that Serbia initiated.
This is an important project. It is critical for raising the standard of the environment in Serbia and will have effects that are felt across the region.