Friday, 8 October 2010
Eighteenth Sitting of the Environmental Protection Committee
At the sitting held on 8 October, the Environmental Protection Committee members debated the issues relating to the toxic sludge arriving down the Danube from Hungary.
At the sitting held on 8 October, the Environmental Protection Committee members debated the issues relating to the toxic sludge arriving down the Danube from
The sitting, chaired by Cedomir Jovanovic, Committee Chairman, was attended by Minister of Environment and Spatial Planning Oliver Dulic and associates, Assistant Minister of Interior Predrag Maric, as well as representatives of the Hydrometeorological Institute, Water Directorate, PE Serbia Waters and Provincial Secretariat for Environmental Protection.
At the beginning of the proceedings, Committee Chairman Cedomir Jovanovic stressed that there was no reason for public concern as regards the impact of the incident in Hungary on the environment in our country, that all the state institutions in Serbia, relevant for the issue, are functioning, but that the incident warns us not to neglect potentially similar situations at critical points in Serbia. He also added that nothing dramatic has occurred in
Assistant Minister of Interior Predrag Maric briefed the Committee members on the case, stressing that the data at his disposal after the incident were contradictory and ranging from no danger of outflow of dangerous matter into the
Minister of Environment and Spatial Planning Oliver Dulic told the Committee members that on the day the accident occurred in
The short debate on the item touched on the issues of the assistance Serbia offered Hungary, information on the payment of the damages other countries would suffer due to the accident, keeping the public timely and correctly informed on the events, as well as convening a Committee sitting to discuss the problems in Pancevo and the 250 “black” spots in Serbia.
Following the debate, the Committee members unanimously concluded that they endorse the work of the state authorities tasked with monitoring the situation, that the Committee’s task group should continue its work and coordination with the state authorities on the case, that the Committee sends condolences to the representatives of the Hungarian Parliament’s Environmental Committee on the victims of the accident and that the situation serves as a reminder of all the crisis spots in Serbia.