Support to policy planning in water management sector
DE, AT, NL
With the year 2012, the Republic of Serbia became an official candidate for the membership of the European Union (EU). One year later, the Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) between the EU and Serbia entered into force and accession negotiations began subsequently in 2014. The European Commission assessed that Serbia should be capable of assuming the membership obligations in the medium term in almost all areas of the EU acquis, provided that the alignment and adoption of legislation is accompanied by its effective implementation and enforcement. The progress report stated with regard to Chapter 27 “Environment and climate change” that Serbia needs to make significant efforts to further align its legislation with the EU acquis, especially in adopting a water management strategy and a water management plan for the Danube river basin.
The responsibility for further alignment lies within the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management – Republic Water Directorate. Germany, Austria and The Netherlands support the Serbian partners of the Ministry in achieving their aims and to expand on the existing cooperation towards a long-term partnership. The membership consortium – which consists of the Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU), the Bavarian Ministry for the Environment and Consumer Protection (StMUV), German Environment Agency (UBA) , the public German water board Emschergenossenschaft, the Environment Agency Austria and the independent research institute Deltares from the Netherlands – work together with their Serbian partners to implement the principles of the EU Water Framework Directive in integrated water management, through development of elements of the River Basin Management Plan.
The kick-off meeting of this Twinning project took place on the 12th of April 2019 in Belgrade, Serbia.
Link to the project homepage: http://wfd-serbia.eu/
Link to the article of th Opening conference: http://wfd-serbia.eu/2019/05/14/opening-conference-of-the-eu-funded-twinning-project-support-to-policy-planning-in-water-management-sector/