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.



Implementation of international agreements and commitments

Since the time of the first Environmental Performance Review (EPR) in 2002, two significant political changes have occurred. In February 2003, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was transformed into the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro. In June 2006, after a referendum in the Republic of Montenegro which resulted in its independence, the Republic of Serbia also became a sovereign state. In practical terms, this means that Serbia automatically became a party to all international treaties and agreements to which the State Union was a party. In the first review, it was noted that the division of responsibilities between the authorities at the federal and republic levels was not sufficiently clear, and that an extra layer of government often slowed decision-making. This problem was de facto solved when Serbia became an independent state.


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