Soon to be adopted will be the new Law on Environmental Protection which provides for the founding of a Green Fund, improvement of wastewater systems and improvement of pollution control.
Following the public hearings on the drafts of three laws relating to environmental protection, in the center of the public's attention were the provisions which are to be included in the new Law on Environment Protection. A large number of interested parties have presented their comments and proposals. The prevailing impression is that amendments to this law will bring three key benefits to the citizens, companies and Serbia's economy in general.
Founding of the Green Fund
In the first place, the new law make possible once again the founding of a Green Fund and, equally important, clearly define the rules of using resources provided under the fund. The fund will finance and implement programs, projects and other activities relating to preservation, sustainable utilization, protection and improvement of environmental protection. The significance of this Fund will be in directing resources, which will be collected on the polluter pays principle, to co-financing important infrastructural projects for environmental protection, primarily the projects devoted to management of waste and wastewaters.
Improving wastewater management
The new provisions also ensure improvement of the system of management of wastewaters and its release into recipients or public sewerage. The new law states that sludge – a product of the process of treatment of municipal wastewaters – must be treated, stored and used in a way which will not jeopardize the environment and public health, all in line with the law regulating protection of waters from pollution.
Improving pollution control
The third good side of the new law is the improving of pollution control, whereby it is provided that any legal of physical entity degrading the environment will be in obligation to undertake recovery and remediation activities of the environment in question, in accordance with the recovery and remediation project. Also, the law provides for the possibility for the Ministry to carry out remediation activities at the expense of the polluter, if he fails to undertake the necessary actions.
One of the principal goals of this law, in the spirit of sustainable development, is to ensure protection of the environment, natural resources and human health, and, following the hearings, it is expected that all constructive proposals will be accepted and implemented into the new text of the law.