Delegation of the European Union
to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Opening ceremony of the EU funded Twinning project:Strengthening the capacities for effective implementation of the acquis in the field of water quality

On Wednesday, 31 May, an opening ceremony of the EU funded Twinning project: ‘Strengthening the capacities for effective implementation of the acquis in the field of water quality’ will be organized at the EU Info Centre, at 14:00. Welcome addresses will be given by high representatives of the EU Delegation, the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning, and by the lead Member State Embassy.

 

Recognizing the need to improve the water quality management issues in the country, the European Union, through the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance, is funding the Twinning Project ‘Strengthening the capacities for effective implementation of the acquis in the field of water quality‘. The project duration is 21 months (May 2017 – January 2019) with a budget of 1.2 million Euros.

 

The main beneficiary institutions are the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning and the Hydrometeorological Service. The main EU member state partners are Environment Agency Austria (Umweltbundesamt), Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania and the National Institute for Public Health from The Netherlands.

 

The project purpose is to strengthen the administrative capacities in the area of water management by implementing the appropriate EU acquis. In particular the project will assist the national authorities in drafting the Vardar River Basin Management Plan and in harmonising and implementing secondary legislation in the area of water monitoring and water permitting.

 

Please find enclosed the agenda for the event.

 

The journalists and photographers are kindly invited to cover this event.

 

Additional information concerning the project:

 

Mr. Ylber Mirta, RTA Counterpart, Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning, Tel:  +389 76 455 405; Email: i.mirta@moepp.gov.mk

 

For information relating to this Press Release please contact Mr Konstantin Jovanovski, Press and Information Officer. Tel: +389 (0)2 3248 500; E-mail: konstantin.jovanovski@ec.europa.eu

 

AGENDA

14:00

Welcome address

Mr. Mauro Di Veroli

Head of Section for Agriculture,
Infrastructure and Social policies

   

Representative of MoEPP

Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning

   

H.E. Ms. Renate Kobler

Ambassador of the Republic of Austria

14:20

Water quality, background and expectations for the Twinning project

Mr. Toni Martinoski

Beneficiary Country Project Leader

Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning

14:30

Overview about the upcoming Twinning project

Mr. Arnulf Schönbauer

Member State Project leader, Austria

Umweltbundesamt (Environment Agency Austria)

14:40

Discussion and closing Press conference and coffee break

15:00

Twinning project commitments and expectations of the Beneficiary Country

Mr. Ylber Mirta

Beneficiary Country Counterpart
Head of Water Department, MoEPP

15:10

Selected components from the Twinning project and experiences from other projects

Mr. Wilko Verweij

Member State Junior Project Leader; The Netherlands

Head of Environmental Effects and Ecosystems

Centre for Sustainability, Environment and Health

15:20

Lithuania: Experience from receiving Twinning Projects and recommendations for recipients

Ms. Neringa Vilutytė

Member State Junior Project Leader; Lithuania

Head of Quality and Risk Management Division

APVA under the Ministry of Environment

15:30

Cocktail

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