Thursday, 26 December 2019

25th Sitting of the Environmental Protection Committee

At the sitting held on 25 December, the members of the Environmental Protection Committee reviewed the 2018 Report on the environmental situation in the Republic of Serbia, submitted by the Government.


Minister of Environmental Protection Goran Trivan and the Director of the Environmental Protection Agency Filip Radovic presented the Report to the Committee members. The indicators for the drafting of the Report were selected based on accessibility and relevance viz. air quality and climate monitoring, water, natural and biological diversity, soil, waste management, noise, non-ionizing radiation, forestry, hunting and fishing, sustainable use of natural resources, natural and social potentials and activities, implementation of relevant legislation and environmental protection system subjects.

The conclusions of the 2018 Report: gas emissions viz. the emission of sulphur and nitrogen oxides and suspended particles came mainly from thermal power plants, food, chemical and mineral industries. Speaking of allergens, ambrosia pollen was the most dominant in 2018, reaching highest concentrations in Subotica. According to the SQWI, the quality of water in the Republic of Serbia improved in the period between 2008 and 2017. Poor water quality was determined in 12% measuring posts, mainly on the territory of Vojvodina. 6416 ha of land was put under protection in 2018, as well as 2633 plant, animal and fungus species, while 1783 were declared priority species. Fish production in 2018 went up by 26% compared to 2017.

Speaking of soil conditions in 2018 and monitoring of chemical pollutants conducted in 18 local self-government units, the levels of zinc, copper, nickel, cobalt, cadmium and polychlorinated biphenyls were found to have exceeded the acceptable threshold.

Of the 11.6 million tons of waste produced in 2018, 92 thousand accounted for hazardous waste with thermal power plants being the biggest waste producers. Noise intensity was monitored in 12 local self-government units in 2018, with the City of Nis being the only area with continuous noise monitoring. 28 permits for the use of non-ionizing radiation sources of special interest were issued and the industry employed measures to reduce environmental impact. Households are the biggest energy consumers, followed by industry and transport. Serbia is moving toward meeting the renewable energy values set for 2020 - 27%. Organic production went down in 2018, with fields and gardens taking up 74.1% of the agricultural land used, sown mostly by wheat and industrial plants.

Following a discussion the Committee adopted the Report and proposed that the National Assembly accept it.

The sitting was chaired by Committee Chairperson Maja Gojkovic and attended by the following Committee members and deputy members: Dusko Tarbuk, Milena Turk, Mladen Lukic, Radoslav Cokic, Aleksandra Jevtic, Jasmina Karanac, Nada Lazic, Prof. Dr Snezana Bogosavljevic Boskovic, Borka Grubor and Milena Corilic.


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