The REC officially kicked off a new project, "Support Establishment and Advancement of Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTRs) in Western Balkan Countries and in Moldova", on March 1, 2015.
Project activities will focus on four parties to the UNECE Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (the PRTR Protocol): Albania, Serbia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Moldova. The countries will be assisted in fulfilling their obligations by putting operational PRTRs in place and improving the efficiency of already functioning PRTRs.
In Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Kosovo*, stakeholder discussions will be held to give impetus to the PRTR development process, evaluate the current situation, and develop proposals for the next steps.
A regional experience-sharing workshop will be organised in the project's second year to support all project partners in exchanging information, sharing knowledge with each other and with EU countries, and learning from best practices.
Project activities will be implemented in line with the PRTR Protocol and the European PRTR (E-PRTR), and also in close cooperation with national PRTR focal points, respective ministries and agencies in the project countries, and PRTR Protocol and Aarhus Convention bodies and secretariats. Synergies will be developed with other ongoing PRTR projects and former REC PRTR project results.
The project will be implemented for two years with financial support from the German Federal Environment Ministry's Advisory Assistance Programme (AAP) for environmental protection in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia and other countries neighbouring the European Union. It is supervised by the German Federal Environmental Agency (UBA).
More information about the project can be found in the AAP project database on the UBA webpage.
* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.