II CEDEF Convention
At the II CEDEF Convention held on March 26 in Kruševac, the Company Miteco initiated discussion on the topic of historical pollution in local communities.
The Convention in Kruševac was held as part of the Annual CEDEF Program for cities and municipalities in Serbia – Sustainable Development Leaders. The Convention has held under the auspices of the RS Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure, RS Ministry of Mining and Energy, Environmental Protection Committee of the RS National Assembly, RS Environmental Protection Agency.
The Company Miteco Kneževac, is one of this year's partners of the CEDEF Convention. Over the course of the past years, Miteco has on many occasions provided services of disposal of various types of wastes, such as chemical waste, pharmaceutical waste, waste oils and lubricants, PCB waste and historical waste in the territories of the municipalities represented at the Convention, thus contributing to the solving of numerous environmental issues.
"This is what we should focus on in 2015: care about the local communities and removal, first and foremost, of "historical" pollution: hazardous and industrial waste located in companies that have gone out of business or are undergoing bankruptcy and which don't have the resources necessary to solve this problem. The situation is the same in Kraljevo, Zaječar or any other city in Serbia, as everywhere we have companies that are not operating and that quite often have unattended huge quantities of waste that are posing a threat to the environment", said Miodrag Mitrović, President of the Company Miteco Kneževac, at the Convention in Kruševac.
This problem is of utmost importance from the economic side as well. "Companies undergoing restructuring or companies that have declared bankruptcy are in obligation to remove waste from their sites, or to contact state institutions if not in a position take care of this problem, and this is a pre-requisite for attracting new investors as they will not be involved with any property without prior insight the contamination status analysis. We believe that there is finally good will to solve this problem permanently." Concluded Mr. Mitrović.
The next CEDEF Convention is scheduled to take place in Zrenjanin in April.