The Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection in cooperation with the Organization of the UN for Industrial Development (UNIDO) has implemented the project "Update of National Implementation Plan for the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)" which is funded by the Global Environmental Facility.
Stockholm Convention on POPs
The revision of this plan, initially adopted in 2009, showed that the least implemented activities in Serbia related to the development of the technical structure for solving the problems of waste, in particular hazardous waste, as well as the problem of identification and remediation of contaminated sites. This particularly refers to action plans no. 3 relating to PCBs and no. 7 relating to remediation. The Company Miteco is one of the companies that recognized this shortcoming, as a result of which for the past 15 years it has been developing its infrastructure and gaining experience in removing and decontaminating PCB containing equipment.
Also, the Company has incorporated and applied as an integral part of its operations new procedures for remediation of contaminated sites by using thermal desorption of such soil, followed by covering with new soil, with mandatory biomembrane enclosing in order to prevent penetration of PCB substances by way of underground waters.
Being aware of the importance of adequate elimination of persistent organic pollutants, the Company Miteco has set as its long-term goal the forming and introduction of a PCB unit. In connection with this, a request was submitted to the UNIDO office for support in forming PCB plants which would be a referential technical institution for disposing and decontamination of this kind of POP chemicals.
The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants entered into force in 2004, as a response of the international community in terms of systemic global solution of the problem of PCB chemicals. Serbia became a party to the Convention in 2009 when the National Plan for its implementation was adopted. With the introduction of eleven new chemicals in recent years, Serbia was in obligation to update its plan, as was accomplished with this project.