Bilateral screening for the Chapter 27 – Environment and Climate Change

Bilateral screening of the Negotiating Group 27 is being held in Brussels from 17th to 21st November 2014.

Bilateral screening for the Chapter 27 – Environment and Climate Change was opened at the meeting in the premises of the European Commission on 17th November, and it will last until 21st November 2014. Following areas will be discussed during the meeting: horizontal legislation, air quality, noise, waste management, water management, nature protection, chemicals, industrial pollution and risk management, civil protection and climate changes.

The European Commission presented the EU Acquis for the Chapter 27 at the explanatory screening that took place in September 2014. The level of compliance of the legal system of the candidate country with the legal system of the European Union is assessed during the bilateral screening. Addition to, it is necessary to determine steps to be done in order to achieve compliance with the EU acquis by the time of the full EU membership.

The Delegation of the Government of the Republic of Serbia is led by Tanja Mišćević, Chief of the Negotiating Team and Stana Božović, State Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection and the Head of the Negotiating Group 27. In the opening session of the meeting, the representatives of the European Commission and the Serbian delegation pointed out that the Chapter 27 – Environment is the most demanding, the most complex and the most expensive area within the negotiating process.

Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection manages the activities of the Negotiating team for Chapter 27 and coordinates activities related to the organization of the meetings for the screening. In addition to the members of the Negotiation team, bilateral screening meeting is attended by the representatives of the European Integration Office and the Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the EU.

According to the National Plan for the Adoption of the Acquis – NPAA, in the area of horizontal legislation, Republic Geodetic Authority is in charge to follow the implementation of the INSPIRE Directive. On the bilateral meeting on 17th November, Republic Geodetic Authority presented the status of transposition of the INSPIRE Directive, activities on the implementation and the on-going projects on NSDI establishment, as well as the plans for further implementation. The representative of the European Commission, Hugo De Groof, made a comment on the presented status and gave guidelines on further development. The main recommendation is related to the importance of communication and coordination of activities between sectors in order to maximize the benefit of establishing of NSDI. Besides the cross-sector cooperation, it was highlighted the need to coordinate activities with the objectives of e-Government as well as to encourage regional cooperation in order to utilize potentials of the implementation of the INSPIRE Directive.

After the Bilateral screening, the European Commission will present a report on the screening which includes assessment of the status and recommendations on the opening of negotiations for the Chapter.