Environmental Performance Reviews: Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Second Review

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The first Environmental Performance Reviews (EPR) of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia was carried out in 2002. This second review intends to measure the progress made by the country in managing its environment and in addressing upcoming environmental challenges since the first EPR. To fight its difficult economic situation, after gaining its independence in 1991, the government carried out regulatory and structural reforms in order to correct its macroeconomic instability and facilitate the transition to a market economy. It pursued a range of economic reforms which were aimed at stimulating economic growth and improving the living standards of the population through development of the private sector, improvement of the investment climate and greater job creation.



Monitoring, information, public participation and education

The fi rst Environmental Performance Reviews (EPR) of 2002 emphasized the need to develop a centralized, strategic monitoring programme, to further develop a national environmental information system, and to improve collection of data on discharges of pollutants. To ensure broad public access to information and public participation in decision-making processes, the country was recommended to prepare relevant legislation, to publish State-of-the-Environment Reports and environmental indicators in the State Statistical Yearbook, and to build the capacities of governmental offi cials and NGOs.


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