The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency has a joint project with Serbia on EU approximation.
EU and Serbia began the discussion regarding membership in October 2005 and a formal application was made by Serbia in December 2009. Since then EU-approximation is high priority for Serbia.
The formal negotiations regarding Serbia’s membership in the European Union started in January 2014 and in December 2016 the Commission gave the green light for Serbia to open the environment chapter for negotiations.
The project started September 1, 2016 and will last until August 31, 2020. The project aims to strengthen the responsible Ministry's ability to manage the EU accession processes on the environment and to effectively prepare for and participate in the upcoming accession negotiations for Chapter 27.
The project focuses on three components:
The project began with a planning phase in autumn 2016 and has resulted in an inception report. The report contains an assessment and update of the situation for each of the three components. It also describes the activities carried out during the inception phase and the activities planned for the future.
The Swedish EPA has supported Serbia's preparations for the forthcoming EU accession negotiations since 2011 through Environment Accession Project 1 and 2 (ENVAP1 and ENVAP2). The projects have been successful and Serbia has wished to continue the cooperation.
In 2010 The Swedish E PA together with the Ministry of Environment, Mining and Spatial Planning (MEMSP) started a project to complete the strategy for sustainable use of natural resources. The strategy was adopted by the Serbian Government in March 2012. The project was finalized during 2012.