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The Serbian Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) is a governmental institution under the supervision of the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning. Its main task is development, management and coordination of the national environmental information system, collection and integration of the environmental data, production of yearly state of the environment reports also giving recommendations for future steps aiming a general improvement in this field.
SEPA was founded by the Law on Ministries in 2004 as a specific organization within the Ministry of Environmental Protection and it became operational in November 2004.
In 2010 the Agency has a budget of 440.000 Euros. The SEPA has 29 employees, of whom 58 % are women.
Serbian Environmental Protection Agency has following objectives:
During the year 2008/2009, SEPA increased its reporting towards EEA in both quantitative and qualitative way and according to the EEA score (available at http://www.eionet.europa.eu/dataflows/pdf2008) Serbian level of reporting reached 75%, a significant improvement from previous year (2007/2008 – 60%).
The set of new Environmental laws adopted in Parliament in May 2009, gives SEPA a set of new responsibilities in the field of communal and industrial pollution particularly in the field of noise, waste, packaging and packaging waste, GHG register etc.
For the first time SEPA invited to get directly involved in the creation of the European State of the Environment Report 2010 (SOER 2010).
At the regional level, during the year 2008, SEPA was involved in the project “Building up of regular environment reporting system according to the EEA Core Set of Indicators for the west Balkan countries”, led by EEA and UNEP/GRID Arendal, resulting with the set of 19 regional environmental indicators.At international level SEPA acts as National Focal Point and National Reference Centre for different thematic areas towards European Environment Agency.
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