As part of the March mission of international IED Serbia project experts, the second of three planned training modules for inspectors was delivered. The theoretical part of the training, which lasted a total of five days, was held at the Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy of the University of Belgrade. In addition to the team of selected inspectors, representatives of the Department for Integrated Permits of the competent Ministry as well as local project experts and the project team attended the training.
On the first day, Irish project experts Mr. Patrick Lawrence Sweeney and Mr. Frank Clinton held a workshop on waste management. The lectures began with an overview of the waste legislation, while the second part of the workshop was devoted to practical work. The following day, a workshop on soil and groundwater protection was held. The first part of the workshop was dedicated to the EU legislation related to the protection of soil and groundwater as well as the best practices in this area, while the second part was dedicated to tanks and remediation strategies for the contaminated soil. The last part of the workshop was devoted to hydrogeological assessments of groundwater, as well as practical work. This was followed by a day spent in preparation for site inspections.
The training of the first group of inspectors took place at the company “Elixir” from Šabac, which is engaged in the production of mineral fertilizers. This group of selected inspectors together with the international technical expert on the project Frank Clinton and members of the project team visited the production facility of the company operating within the Elixir Group. The inspection was carried out in accordance with the integrated permit issued by the Ministry, with a special emphasis on the topics covered in the workshops on waste management and soil and groundwater protection.
The second group of selected inspectors visited the company “Victoriaoil” from Šid, which is engaged in the processing of oilseeds and the production and refining of vegetable oil. This group of inspectors together with international technical expert on the project Patrick Lawrence Sweeney and members of the project team visited the company’s production facility. The inspection was carried out in accordance with the draft integrated permit, which was prepared in the framework of the previous project, with a special emphasis on the topics covered in the second training module.
At the end of the second week of the mission of international experts on the project, a workshop dedicated to the preparation of inspection reports was held, which involved joint work and work in groups.
Training for inspectors within the IED Serbia project is held in three modules. The first step in this procedure was the selection of the core team of inspectors who will undergo detailed training and who will be trainers for other inspectors regarding the control of the conditions prescribed by the integrated permits. Six inspectors from the national, provincial and the City of Belgrade levels were selected for this team. Six key topics were defined in the training preparation process, namely: inspection plan, wastewater treatment, waste management, soil and groundwater pollution, as well as air pollution and noise.