Implementation of the project of comprehensive waste management in Belgrade, worth 230 million EUR, could begin by the end of the year. Since Belgrade does not have the necessary funds, the investment will be realized through public-private partnership.
"We are now completing technical documentation for the entire system, and the City of Belgrade will then decide in what form to realize this investment. It is possible that "Gradska čistoća" will look for a private partner for the entire project or only for certain parts of it – said Filip Abramović, assistant secretary of the Secretariat for Environmental Protection of Belgrade. This is an investment that will include construction of several plants, construction and remedy of the existing landfill, construction of new sanitary landfill, plant for biological-mechanical treatment of waste, plant for combined production of heat and electric power. Additionally, it is planned to build a plant for recycling of construction materials, investment in primary separation, as well as construction of recycling yards in the city and transfer stations – Abramović said. At the Secretariat for Environmental Protection of Belgrade they estimate that this project could be realized in 5-10 years and emphasize that they will not allow construction of a plant that will be harmful to the environment.
Forum on topic "Economic instruments of environmental protection" took place in the premises of Serbian Chamber of Commerce, organized by the Board for Environmental Protection of PKS, and in cooperation with business-professional and scientific public.
This is the first thematic forum this year that should stimulate public dialogue of all stakeholders in the eve of the beginning of negotiations with the European Union within the chapter about environmental protection (chapter 27). In the introductory part of the forum, representatives of Serbian Chamber of Commerce and the Board for Environmental Protection of Serbian Chamber of Commerce gave their speeches, and then professor Radmilo Pešić, PhD, from the Faculty of Agriculture of the University in Belgrade emphasized the significance of the Fund for Environmental Protection. Professor Boža Drašković, PhD, from the Institute for Economic Sciences, spoke about taxes and fees as instruments that affect the price and protection of natural goods, and Mr. Filip Radović, Director of the Agency for Environmental Protection, spoke on behalf of this Agency. One of the presenters was Manager of the sector for National PRTR Registry, Mr. Nebojša Redžić.
Forum "Economic instruments of environmental protection" was finalized with the discussion of forum participants with the conclusion that Serbia needs the Fund for Environmental Protection, into which ecological taxes and fines for violation of ecological standards would be paid, and which would then be used to finance projects of environmental protection.