Within the next ten years, Serbia will be investing substantial funds in environmental protection, which is evident based on the steps undertaken by the State for improving the hazardous industrial waste management system, as well as the alignment of the legal framework in the field of environmental protection as part of the EU accession process.
These are some of the topics discussed at the Fourth CEDEF Convention held in Čačak on June 30 as part of the Annual CEDEF Program for Cities and Municipalities in Serbia - Sustainable Development Leaders. The Convention was attended by representatives of 40 local self-governments, and the Program was 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 and the RS Environmental Protection Agency.
The Company Miteco Kneževac, one of this year's partners of the CEDEF Convention, has over the years provided numerous services in the territories of the municipalities present at the Convention, services relating to disposal of different types of wastes, all with an aim to contribute to the solving of the current environmental problems.
„In Čačak we have successfully removed and disposed of PCB equipment and PCB contaminated materials. Also, for years now, we have been providing services relating to removal of hazardous, chemical and industrial waste in Gornji Milanovac, Užice and Kragujevac. Currently under way in Kragujevac is the Project of remediation of soil contaminated with PCB oils. Our priority for this year is the removal of "historical" hazardous waste remaining in companies that are no longer operational, that are in the restructuring process or in bankruptcy proceedings that have been going on for a long time, as the unattended waste is posing a threat to the environment", said Nebojša Tomašević who represented the Company Miteco.
The solving of many environmental problems will be made possible with adequate waste disposal, primarily the disposal of waste resulting from historical contamination. As the relevant Ministry has announced, treatment of hazardous waste is the focus of activities in 2015, but, in order for this problem to be resolved permanently, 230 million RSD will be earmarked by the Ministry for recovery of historical waste present in some ten companies undergoing restructuring.