Ministry of Environment, Mining and Spatial Planning
The main beneficiary institution of RENA in Serbia is the Ministry of Environment, Mining and Spatial Planning and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management.
Serbia is a Potential Candidate country for EU accession following the decision of the Thessaloniki European Council of June 2003. On 18 February 2008 the Council adopted the new European Partnership for Serbia, and on 29 April 2008, the EU and Serbia signed a Stabilization and Association Agreement. Serbia applied for membership in December 2009. The Interim Agreement entered into force in February 2010. The European Commission told the Council in November that Serbia has further progressed in complying with the Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) requirements and the ratification process was launched in June 2010. In October 2010, the Council asked the European Commission for its opinion on Serbia’s readiness to for membership in the European Union.
In the area of environment Serbia made significant progress over the past period, especially in the sector of environmental laws, awareness raising and nature protection. The National Programme for Environmental Protection 2010–2019 and a number of laws on air and water quality as well as on nature protection and climate change were adopted. The new Chemicals Agency became operational. However, the capacity to implement and enforce legislation still needs to be strengthened