First Conference of the Project “Further Implementation of the IPPC/IE Directive in the Intensive Rearing of Poultry and Pigs”

The first conference of “Further Implementation of the IPPC/IE Directive in the Intensive Rearing of Poultry and Pigs” project was held on 8th September 2015 in the Serbian Chamber of Commerce in Belgrade.
The conference was attended by representatives of all interested parties in the process of integrated permit issuing in the intensive rearing of poultry and pigs sector – operators obligated to obtain integrated permit, representatives of local self-governments as competent authorities for integrated permit issuing, and representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection, Provincial Secretariat for Urban Planning, Construction and Environmental Protection, University and other authorities and organisations.
The conference was opened by Mr. Dušan Stokić, head of the Centre for Environmental Protection of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce, who addressed the conference as the host, expressing his gratitude to all present participants and guests and reminding of the importance of the topic and obligations resulting from implementation of IPPC Directive.
Mr. Tomas Nyström, First Secretary of the Embassy of Sweden in Belgrade, addressed the conference on behalf of the Embassy, donor of the Project, expressing his pleasure with the progress made so far in the project the main goal of which is to provide competent authorities in Serbia and operators with support in the process of adoption of sustainable approach in implementation of IPPC/IE Directive in intensive rearing of poultry and pigs.
Mr. Aleksandar Vesić, Assistant Minister, thanked the donor of the project on behalf of the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection, emphasising the trust expressed by the donor and investments made in this sector in Serbia, as one of the most important and most numerous in terms of operators and obligations that are yet to be implemented pursuant to the Law on Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control.
Prof. Dr. Ivanka Popović, Vice-Rector for Research of University of Belgrade and professor of the Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, thanked the donor of the project, the Embassy of Sweden in Belgrade, also expressing gratitude to the present participants and guests for the expressed interest and emphasising the importance of the project for Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy and support to the project team.
Ms. Aleksandra Vučinić, representative of the Department for Integrated Permits of the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection, underlined the importance of the project for Serbia with a particular view to further implementation of the Law on Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control in the subject area. She presented current legal framework and obligations of operators, emphasising the application for integrated permit, best available techniques, as well as future obligations that are upon the operators once new Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) is transposed into the Republic of Serbia legislation.
Ms. Bojana Vukadinović, Project Manager, presented the goals and results of the project and stressed that the project covers the whole process, starting from application drafting, through permit writing, to enforcement activities related to integrated permits. She also presented the results of the project inception phase, covering the period between April and August 2015, during which data was collected for more than 90 installations and 49 municipalities about the status of integrated permits.
Mr. Riccardo Quaggiato, Key Expert on the project, presented the activities planned for the whole project period, to the completion thereof in April 2017. Activities are divided into three main components – legal analysis, technical assistance and trainings. He particularly emphasised importance of the activities pertaining to direct support to operators and local self-government through development of applications and draft integrated permits.
During the second part of the conference, participants had the opportunity to hear representatives of IPARD Programme, a pre-accession instrument in the area of rural development for the period 2014 – 2020, and criteria for financial support for operators from intensive rearing sector. Short-term experts from Ireland and Croatia presented their experience in the area of introduction and implementation of IPPC/IE Directive in their respective countries.
The conference agenda and presentations held in the conference can be seen here. Photos from the conference are available in the Gallery tab.