Participation of SAI Representative in the Spring E-Seminar of the EUROSAI Working Group on Environmental Audit

28 April 2021.
Participation of SAI Representative in the Spring E-Seminar of the EUROSAI Working Group on Environmental Audit

State Auditor, Nikola Stefanovic, presented the findings and recommendations from the Performance Audit Report "Plastic Waste Management" during the spring e-seminar of the Working Group for Environmental Audit of the European Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions, held on April 26 and 27, 2021.

During the presentation, the State Auditor Stefanovic presented, among other things, the system of collection, transportation, sorting, selection and baling of municipal plastic waste on the territory of the City of Belgrade.

By comparing the total number of above-ground and underground containers for waste collection that can be recycled with the quantities of generated municipal waste, we concluded that the containers in the city municipalities of the City of Belgrade were not evenly distributed. That means that not all citizens are able to recycle waste, Stefanovic said.

As he explained, one of the main reasons for this situation is the lack of plans to install recyclable waste containers.

We recommended the city authorities to adopt plans and programs for the installation of containers for separate waste collection, so that they would be available to all citizens, said Stefanovic.

In addition to problems related to plastic waste management, representatives of Supreme Audit Institutions of Poland, Belgium, Malta, Slovakia, Estonia, Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Italy, Ukraine and the European Court of Auditors, discussed topics via video conference related to the recycling of bio-waste as part of municipal waste, landfill management, fight against waste and food loss.

The online meeting was held by the Supreme Audit Institution of Poland, which chairs the EUROSAI Working Group on Environmental Auditing.

The State Audit Institution of the Republic of Serbia became a member of the EUROSAI Working Group for Environmental Audit in 2019. The goal of SAI membership is to encourage and support professional cooperation and exchange of knowledge and experiences in the field of environmental audit.