European Commission’s latest report about North Macedonia and its reforms clearly stresses that North Macedonia should increase the assetsthat are allocated on national and local levels to decrease air pollution.
“…limited implemention and ressources, weak inter-sectoral cooperation and coordination between central and local authorities limits the impact of measures to reduce air pollution. Air pollution in major cities remains a serious concern.”, the EU Commission’s Report notes.
After the report was published, Environmental Research and Information Center “Eko-Svest” (Eco-Consciousness) published an overview on the Report, stating that EU’s main objection is to the implementation of the new and existing regulation in North Macedonia and it refers to the whole environment and climate sector in general.
“The Report again stresses the weak implementation, the inadequate allocation of resources, the weak inter-sectoral cooperation between the central and the local authorities as the main causes for the weak advancement in this sector. The improved cooperation and the increase of the assets for preventive measures against air pollution are among the three most important recommendations in the whole Chapter 27 about the environment,” Eco-Consciousness states.
The EU Commission’s Report also stresses that during the past year an air-quality monitoring station was acquired in Gevgelija, while the replacement of measuring instruments on the already existing monitoring station Bitola was finalised.
The EU Commission also gave credit for the upgrade of the current system for managing data about the air quality on a national level and also about the granted financial aid by the authorities for lowering the use of fossil fuels as well as the submission of reports and data about our country to the European Environment Agency.
Despite this, the European Commission concluded that North Macedonia has a certain level of preparedness in the area of the environment and climate change, stressing that most of the recommendations given in 2020 aren’t implemented yet.