Study Tour to the Republic of Croatia

Study tour to the Republic of Croatia has been organised within the “IED Serbia” Project, gathering representatives of competent authorities of the Republic of Serbia working on implementation of the Industrial Emissions Directive at national, provincial and local levels. The visit of selected IPPC operators and a meeting with representatives of the Ministry responsible for environmental protection in Croatia was organised from 21-24 May this year with the aim of transferring practical experiences and providing support to competent authorities of our country in complying with the requirements of Industrial Emissions Directive.

On the first day, a visit to the Gradec pig farm was organised, where representatives of Serbian competent authorities had the opportunity to see one of the most modern farms and a biogas plant Agrokor Energy, where representatives of companies presented their work and their path in obtaining IPPC permit. During the visit, all hygienic and sanitary measures mandatory in the pig breeding technology were observed. On the same day, a visit to the meat processing industry PIK Vrbovec was also organised, where the participants were introduced into the way of functioning in this IPPC installation, and the focus of the visit was on wastewater treatment and site visit.

A visit to the Metis Company and their branch Kukuljanovo dealing with waste management took place on the second day of the study visit. Metis is active in collecting waste electrical devices and equipment, waste batteries, waste tires and lubricating oils, waste primary packaging, as well as asbestos-containing construction waste.

Study tour to the Republic of Croatia ended with a visit to the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Energy of the Republic of Croatia. Representatives of Serbian competent authorities had the opportunity to exchange experience in direct communication with their colleagues from Croatia with regard to the process of issuing integrated permits, as well as to receive important guidelines for preparation of plans within the Negotiating Position for Chapter 27.