In Serbia, you can find some of the most important rivers of Europe. The Danube river basin is the most international in the world. The Danube, the second largest European river, passes through Serbia with 588 kilometers. Main tributaries as Great Morava, Sava and Tisza rivers join the Danube.
In 2000, the European Union set up the Water Framework Directive (WFD), centerpiece of modern and environmentally sound water management in Europe. As an accession country, Serbia has to implement all EU directives, including the WFD.
In order to facilitate the practical implementation of this challenging regulation, Serbia applied for assistance by an EU-Twinning Project, wich is led by Germany as senior Twinning partner, as well as Austria and The Netherlands as junior partners.
The EU funded project “Support to policy planning in water management sector” started in early 2019 and will last for 18 months. The project budget amounts to EUR 1.500.000 funded by European Union.
A short review: In 2012, the Republic of Serbia became an official candidate for the membership of the European Union. One year later, in 2013, the Stabilization and Association Agreement between the EU and Serbia entered into force and accession negotiations began subsequently in 2014.
The European Commission assessed that Serbia should be capable of assuming the membership obligations in the medium term in almost all relevant areas.
Among others, the Danube River Basin District Management Plan, adopted in 2009 by all the Danube riparian states, and its 2015 Update, provides for concrete objectives and measures. Residents of the region need to be protected against disasters, such as floods and industrial accidents, through integrated water resource management.
Results to be achieved
The project partners work in close cooperation with Serbia. Germany, Austria and The Netherlands want to reach the following results by the end of the project:
Component 1: Assessment of existing RBMP development process.
Component 2: Improvement of knowledge and practices of RWD and technical bodies on pressure and impact analysis, cost recovery and cost effectiveness analysis.
Component 3: Increase of public and stakeholder involvement related to development of elements of RBMPs.