European Commission Criticises Government’s New Waste Management Plan
11 July 2016, VG Intelligence Weekly Issue 14
The public debate on the draft Waste Management Plan (WMP) 2016-2022 closed on 30 June. The draft document plan has been severely criticised by various interested policy stakeholders, including the Croatian Employers’ Association (HUP) and the Croatian Chamber of Economy (HGK). It also received a negative informal review from the European Commission (EC).
The previous centre-left government failed to adopt a Waste Management Plan, which was a pre-condition for accessing €475 million in EU funding allocated for environmental projects. As a result, in September 2015, Croatia received a warning from the EC that the deadline for the plan’s adoption had expired on 31 December 2014. A draft plan for the period 2015-2021 was prepared but not adopted, most likely due to the November 2015 parliamentary elections. The current government, which became a ‘technical’ government after the ousting of Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic (see VG IW 12), began drafting a new WMP in H1 2016 to meet the EC’s requirements. On 29 June, the Ministry of Environmental and Nature Protection, led by Minister Slaven Dobrovic (MOST), held a public presentation of the plan; an oddly short 8-day public debate was launched on 23 June…