Minister: Environmental problems are nothing new, there is no instant solution

NEWS 10.04.2021 14:42
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Irena Vujović
Source: Tanjug/Jadranka Ilić

Serbian Environmental Protection Minister Irena Vujovic said, on the occasion of the announced protest of environmental associations, that environmental problems in Serbia did not arise overnight and therefore there is no instant solution, but that the ministry and other competent departments in the Government are dedicated to finding a solution - responsibly and transparently, adding that first results are expected this year.

Vujovic stated that it is positive that there is an increasing degree of awareness about the necessity of environmental protection, which was not the case in previous years, the Ministry announced.

She said that “ this year will be marked by the largest investments in this area yet, which will significantly change the ecological image of Serbia.“

All the issues, from air quality, illegal and unsanitary landfills, nature protection, but also the lack of infrastructure, primarily the sewerage network and wastewater treatment plants, have existed for decades and they will be resolved much faster in time to come, the Ministry added.

„This year, we are embarking on large investments, because we are strongly determined to solve the decades-old problems we have in this area. We will implement projects for improved air quality, and we will also systematically solve the problem of illegal landfills. We will also build eight new regional waste management centres, which will cover more than 50 cities and municipalities. Large investments will also be made in the construction of wastewater treatment plants and sewage networks,“ announced Minister Vujovic.

A big protest of environmental activists will be held Saturday in Belgrade, which will be joined by freelancers. Freelancers have been camping in front of the Serbian Parliament since Thursday, thus protesting against the proposal to change the Law on Taxation of Workers on the Internet.

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