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Environmental Performance Reviews: Republic of Serbia

Second review

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This second Review takes stock of the progress made by Serbia in the management of its environment since the country was first reviewed in 2002, when it was part of Yugoslavia. While looking closely at the implementation of the recommendations of the first Review, the report also covers seven issues of importance to Serbia concerning policymaking, planning and implementation, the financing of environmental policies and projects, the integration of environmental concerns into economic sectors, and the promotion of sustainable development.

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Information, public participation and education

Since the first EPR, Serbia has improved its legislation and institutions to better deal with environmental information, and to strengthen processes for ensuring the information of and participation by the public. In 2004, four new laws were adopted which contain provisions about collection of environmental information, reporting, public participation and access to information: the Law on Environmental Protection (OG RS No. 135/2004), the Law on Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) (OG RS No. 135/2004), the Law on Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) (OG RS No. 135/2004) and the Law on Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (OG RS No. 135/2004). The same year saw the setting up of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a key national-level player with regard to the collection and assessment of environmental information. The National Environmental Strategy (NES), approved by the Government and now awaiting Parliament adoption, is another document which would, once adopted, enhance and make operational many activities in this field.

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