The construction of the waste water treatment facility in Zlatibor should start in July and be completed before the end of the season
. The Government of Serbia has recently determined public interest for the expropriation of the land for the construction of the facility, which means that everything is ready for the construction works on this mountain.
The facility in Zlatibor, for which the municipality has set aside RSD 60 million, is one of more than 300 facilities Serbia needs to build on its way to the accession to the European Union, in line with Chapter 27 (Environment). During the negotiations within this chapter, Serbia will propose to the European Commission for the facilities to be built by 2041. By that time, the majority of places in Serbia will get such facilities, and the order in which they are to be built is determined by the list of priority projects, the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection confirms for eKapija.
The big question remains where Serbia will find money for these projects, as they have been estimated at around EUR 4.9 billion.
There are currently 44 waste water treatment devices in Serbia, of which 32 are operational, whereas only 8 meet the criteria defined by the EU directives. According to the ministry, less than 8% of the Serbian populace is provided with efficient waste water treatment.Negotiations to begin in 2017?
Serbia was invited in January 2017 to submit the negotiation position for Chapter 27. According to Natasa Djereg of the Center for Ecology and Sustainable Development (CEKOR), who acts as the coordinator of the working group of the National Convent on the European Union for the said chapter, the preparation of the draft negotiation position should start in June and it should be adopted this autumn, following which the Chapter should be opened.
It is not known precisely when this might happen, nor how long the negotiations might take. It is known, however, that Serbia will have to make the greatest efforts regarding waste and its disposal, an issue that relates to waste waters and air pollution.
Municipal waste water treatment facilities ought to meet the requirements defined by the national regulations, harmonized with the EU regulations, primarily the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive. Tertiary treatment in sensitive areas is envisaged for agglomerations greater than 10,000 PE (population equivalent), secondary treatment is meant for agglomerations of 2,000-10,000 PE, whereas individual type treatment, which nevertheless needs to meet all the requirements regarding the quality of discharged waste waters in line with the regulations, is envisaged for agglomerations below 2,000 PE.