Final closing of the Project “Strengthening Capacities for Implementation of Environmental Legislation at Local Level”

The final closing event of the EU funded Project “Strengthening Capacities for Implementation of Environmental Legislation at Local Level” EuropeAid/134/079/D/SER/MK will be held on Wednesday, 6th of July, at 14: 00 hrs. in the premises of Aleksandar Palace Hotel located on bul. 8mi Septemvri 15, Skopje.
The event will be addressed by Deputy Prime Minister in charge of European Affairs Mr. Arbr Ademi, Minister of Environment Mr. Bashkim Ademi and the EU Ambassador Mr. Aivo Orav.
The Project aimed to enhance the capacities of LSGUs for implementation of the environmental legislation and to enhance the coordination among central and local government in implementation of environmental legislation. Main beneficiaries of the Project were Ministry of Environment and physical planning, Ministry of Local Self-Government, ZELS and nine pilot municipalities, City of Skopje, Gjorce Petrov, Aerodrom, Tetovo, Gostivar, Jegunovce, Ohrid, Makedonski Brod and Debrca, although there was direct involvement in Project events by a total of 48 municipalities.
The Project lasted 18 months from January 2015 to July 2016 with a budget of €0.95m. The main written project outputs were sixteen technical reports, sixteen guidance documents and 28 legal acts.
The most important technical report was the Programme of Reform that identified the need for municipalities to provide transparent environmental budgeting, focus effort into four specific areas (elaborates, B-Permitting, Waste Reporting and Module 1 of the cadastre) in the short term and to make greater use of inter-municipal cooperation into the medium term.
The guidance documents provide clear understanding of how environmental legislation should be implemented.
In addition the project provided four workshops and twelve days of training with an average attendance of approximately forty people. The training included the topics: elaborates, B-Permits, Air Quality, Preparation and Management of Water Infrastructure Projects, Waste, Local Environmental Action Plans, Noise and Water.
A study visit to Denmark was also provided.
Project outputs will be made available of the MoEPP website.