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The six economies of the Western Balkans suffer from adverse air quality, especially during winter. By analysing the current status, identifying gaps, and strategizing necessary work, the economies are striving towards significant improvements in air quality, and thus towards the realization of the Green Agenda.

Within EU4Green a number of work packages have been determined to address several key areas regarding Air Quality Management, monitoring and emission reporting.

In order to improve Air Quality Management in the WB6 EU4Green will support the development of air quality plans with a focus on two major air pollution sources – domestic heating and agricultural waste burning.

National Reference Laboratories (NRL) ensure the quality of the obtained air quality data and their traceability to national and international standards. The already established NRL in Montenegro sets a precedent for the other Western Balkan economies. In EU4Green requirements for NRLs in all six economies will be discussed and specific approaches for implementation will be developed.

By monitoring pollutants such as heavy metals, PAH, and VOCs, chemical laboratories are crucial in tackling air pollution. For this reason, EU4Green aims to strengthen the capacities of chemical laboratories in quality assurance and control; expanding the set of monitored parameters presents an opportunity for further advancement.

Monitoring of ecosystem indicators covers air but also vegetation, forest, soil and water. The collaboration of different actors is therefore necessary and will be established through EU4Green. Furthermore, an implementation plan for a monitoring system will be developed in line with future legal requirements.

The Western Balkans responsibility for air quality will as well be supported by an EU4Green work package on air emission reporting and proposals for emission reduction commitments.

Leonid Nyshko -

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Mar 22, 2024



Workshop presented the capacities and equipment of environmental laboratories and exchanging knowledge about the status of laboratories dealing with organic and inorganic contaminants.


Mar 22, 2024


Depollution air – Regional workshop

Regional workshop for national reference laboratories for air quality in Podgorica, Montenegro.

Mak Kapetanović

Nov 06, 2023


Workshop: National Reference Laboratory

To support the implementation of National Reference Laboratories (NRL) in the six Western Balkans economies, a two-day regional workshop took place in Podgorica, MNE, on 10 and 11 October 2023.


May 09, 2023


EU4Green: Entering the next phase

On Monday 8th May 2023 the Project Steering Committee met online, as EU4Green enters a new stage and heads towards implementation of activities in the six Western Balkan economies.

Chinnapong -

Jun 17, 2022


EU4Green: Kick-off for Western Balkans project

On 17 June, the Umweltbundesamt, the Environment Agency Austria, officially launches the EU4Green project with a hybrid event in Montenegro.