The final conference of the IED Serbia project, entitled “Sweden and Norway cooperate with Serbia for a greener industry” was also an opportunity to showcase a model of regional cooperation – Sweden and Norway are neighbouring countries supporting Serbia in taking concrete steps towards the EU’s high environmental standards in the field of industrial pollution.
Through the Project for the implementation of Industrial Emissions Directive in Serbia, Sweden supported the competent authorities and the industry in implementing this Directive and helped Serbia get closer to the European standards. Norway supports the Ministry of Environmental Protection through the eVOC Serbia Project. Both projects are implemented by the Cleaner Production Centre of the Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy in Belgrade.
The final conference of IED Serbia Project was opened by Assistant Minister for Environmental Protection Dejan Furjanović, Head of Development Cooperation of the Embassy of Sweden in Belgrade, Ola Andersson, Deputy Head of Mission of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Belgrade, Geir Johansen and the Dean of the Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy in Belgrade, Prof. Dr Petar Uskoković. Mr. Geir Johansen emphasized that both projects, IED Serbia and eVOC Serbia, contribute to the implementation of the Industrial Emissions Directive, but also to increased economic growth and competitiveness of companies, while at the same time strengthening the capacities in environment, climate and energy.
The conference was attended by the esteemed representatives of Embassies of Sweden and Norway, Mrs. Ida Reuterswärd from the Swedish Embassy and Mrs. Nela Jović from the Norwegian Embassy in Belgrade. As the event continued, the audience were addressed by the representatives of the Cleaner Production Centre of the Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy – Dr Bojana Vukadinović, Project Team Leader and Riccardo Quaggiato, Key Expert for the projects IED Serbia and eVOC Serbia. The audience was also addressed, via video call, by Dr Beata Fridrich, Environment Coordinator from MK Group, Mrs. Gordana Gavrilović from the Secretariat for Agriculture and Environmental Protection of the City of Subotica, Mrs. Aleksandra Popović, Environmental Inspector from the City of Belgrade, as well as the international technical experts for these projects, Dr Tom Stafford and Dr Richard Schachta.
You can see select video clips from the conference at the Project’s official YouTube channel.
Pictures of the Workshop can be found here.