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About The Project

The Cadastre of Mining Waste in the Republic of Serbia is a project aiming to further develop and improve the mining waste management system in the Republic of Serbia by creating its inventory – a cadastre of mining waste. The cadastre is to be created in the form of a web application and a book, containing also risk assessment, characterization of mining waste and its classification.

Beneficiary of  the project is the Ministry of Mining and Energy (MoME) of the Republic of Serbia. It is one of  the first projects in the country within the so-called decentralized management system, in which projects are carried out by the state institutions and in co-operation with the EU Delegation in Serbia.

The overall objective of the project is to assist Serbia in transposing the EU environmental and climate legislation through institution building and improvement of the environmental infrastructure. The specific objective is to develop and improve the mining waste management system in the country.

The project’s total value is EUR 2.1 million, with 90% financed by the European Union and 10% by the Government of the Republic of Serbia, represented by the Ministry of Finance, Department for Contracting and Financing of EU Funded Programmes (CFCU) as a contracting authority.

The project is implemented by a consortium of German companies PLEJADES and DMT.

The project duration is from  February 2017 – January 2021.

Project FACTSHEET (updated: September 2018)

 

Background

The Republic of Serbia has been harmonizing its national legislation with the EU Acquis Communautaire in the field of environment, which is a part of the negotiation process for Chapter 27. The EU 2006 Directive on waste from extracting industries and related decisions have been transposed into national law. The Law on Mining and Geological Exploration, which has been in force since December 2015, regulates all activities from preliminary geological exploration to closing down mines, including the re-cultivation and remediation of areas affected by mining activities. The national regulation also requires the implementation of a cadastre of mining waste facilities with a classification of mining waste facilities.

The annual volume  of mining waste generated  in the country is around 150 million m3 of solid mining waste, about 15.5 million metric tons of waste from flotation, and around 35,000 metric tons of oil mud.

According to preliminary projections by the Ministry of Mining and Energy, there are around 200 active mines in Serbia and around 250 mining waste sites that are abandoned, inactive or unknown. The management of active and inactive mining waste is a responsibility of the company that exploits the raw material, according to the Law on Mining and Geological Exploration. Companies have obligation to submit annual reports to the Ministry of Mining and Energy about their production, including mining waste quantities.

Systematized and complete information about abandoned mining waste sites does not exist yet, especially about the type, characteristics and quantity of mining waste.

Because of this, the identification of abandoned mining wastes sites, assessment of environmental, and establishing a data base for the management , remediation and  re-cultivation of mining waste sites are among the priorities of the Republic of Serbia that this project will be dealing with.

 

Expected results

  • Improved capacities of the Department for Geology and Mining within the Ministry of Mining and Energy for the control and supervision of mining waste management, through the development of a cadastre in the form of a web application and a book.
  • Improved capacities within the Ministry of Mining and Energy for the management of mining waste, in order to protect the environment, through the development of case studies on remediation and re-cultivation of MWS.
  • Improved quality of knowledge regarding inspection control of mining waste management within the Ministry of Mining and Energy, through the development of a manual for inspectors.
  • Improved overall capacities of employees of the Ministry of Mining and Energy for the management of mining waste, through training and study tours.

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