MMR training certificates were awarded to trained expert in the field of UNFCCC GHG Inventory Preparation and MMR reporting.
MMR Award Ceremony
Awarded experts (Ministry of Environment of Republic of Serbia & Environmental Protection Agency)
Twinning project Legal and Training Team
MMR Project Steering Committee Members with Deputy Head of EU Delegation and Chargé d’Affaires and First Counsellor, Embassy of France
Law on Climate Change prepared with the support of the EU
Mr. Goran Trivan, Minister of Environmental Protection, Ms. Mateja Norčič, Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia, Mr. Nicolas Faye, Charge d’Affaires and First Counsellor, Embassy of France and Mr. Dušan Čarkić, Assistant Minister and Head of the Department for Contracting and Financing of EU Funded Programmes (CFCU), opened the Closing conference of the EU Twinning project „Establishment of a Mechanism for Implementation of Monitoring Mechanism Regulation (MMR)“.
The project, which officially started on 18th May 2015, was implemented by the Ministry of Environmental Protection of the Republic of Serbia, French Ministry of Ecological and Solidary Transition and the Interprofessional Technical Centre for Studies on Air Pollution (CITEPA). The two-and-a-half-year-long Twinning project was funded by the European Union and co-financed by the Republic of Serbia (1,2 million EUR total). The overall objective of the project was to assist the Republic of Serbia to transpose and implement the environmental and climate Acquis through institutional building and improvement of environmental reporting infrastructure, with a purpose to ensure the alignment with the EU climate Acquis and fulfillment of the UNFCCC requirements.
The project contributed to the establishment of the legal and institutional framework necessary for monitoring and reporting on GHG emissions, as well as for reporting other information relevant to climate change. One of the main outputs of the Twinning Project is the Draft Law on Climate Change, which includes both the transposition of the Monitoring Mechanism Regulation (MMR), as well as the Emission Trading System Directive and the Directive on the availability of consumer information on fuel economy and CO2 emissions of new passenger cars. This legal framework will create a binding obligation for data collection and reporting to relevant national institutions. It will also facilitate the monitoring of climate change related laws, strategies and relevant sector policies, ensuring better strategic planning and adaptation to the adverse effects of climate change.
Administrative and institutional capacities of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and the Serbian Environmental Protection Agency were strengthened through a series of capacity building training sessions, thus creating a team of Serbian experts to fulfill the requirements of the EU climate change Acquis related to the MMR.
The project included 178 missions, 683 expert days, involving a team of 25 French, Slovenian and Belgian experts, who worked with Serbian colleagues in order to transfer the know-how and the EU best practice in the field of EU climate acquis. A broad range of national stakeholders, including governmental institutions, industry and civil society organisations were involved in this project.
The draft of the “Law on Climate Change” and the draft of two by-laws, i.e. the Regulation on National Inventory and the Ordinance on reporting of GHG emissions, were developed and presented to the project working group. With the draft law Serbia is to transpose two directives, one regulation and several implementing decisions related to EU-ETS and MMR. Extensive discussion was held among the stakeholders and views of several NGOs were expressed to include in the draft law also carbon related financial instruments.
The MMR project team is organizing a workshop aiming to provide an overview of activities implemented over the last 12 months and to outline the progress toward the achievement of main project objectives with the special focus on the Action Plan for the legal framework which shall ensure an effective transposition of the EU Regulation for monitoring and reporting GHG emissions.
The workshop, scheduled for 31 May 2016, 23 Terazije Street – Belgrade, builds on the assessment of the current institutional and legal framework and the provided recommendations for strengthening administrative and institutional capacities needed for the successful transposition and implementation of this part of EU Climate Acquis.
In accordance with the Twinning Contract, the study visit to the relevant institutions of the Twinning Partner took place from 17 to 22 January 2016.
The main purpose of the study visit was to get a deep insight into the institutional and organizational structure related to the GHG monitoring and reporting under the MMR set in place within the EU Member State. Participants had an opportunity to meet experts from different units of the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy of the Republic of France dealing with the MMR, but also from other relevant institutions such as the Service of statistic and prospective (SSP) of the Ministry of agriculture and forestry (MAAF) and the Interprofessional Technical Centre for Studies on Air Pollution (CITEPA).
The program of the study visit was designed in order to meet the BC needed covering all the main aspects of the systems needed for the MMR such
as: national system for the inventory, national systems for policies and measures and projections, national set-up for preparation of Low carbon development strategy, national system for statistics and data sources, GHG Inventory set-up (organization, methodological issues and deliverables), national system for adaptation and preparation of Biannual Update Report and National Communication.
In total, 7 out of 10 invited representatives of national institutions of importance for the MMR implementation participated at the study visit. As foreseen within the Twinning Contract, the selection of participants was discussed between RTA and RTA counterparts and submitted to the PSC for approval.
According to the evaluation questionnaire, the study visit was highly appreciated the BC experts in terms of capacity building and sharing of best practices in the field of MMR.