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According to Serbian national news agency TANJUG, Serbia’s Minister of Environmental Protection, Goran Trivan is traveling to Greece on September 5 for an official two-day visit regarding environmental issues.
Trivan will be meeting with Greek Alternate Minister of Environment Sokratis Famelos and Alternate Minister of Environment and Energy, as well as several parliament members.
An extensive 2013 study [en] indicated that 73% of the population living in the urban or urban-industrial areas of the country breathe air that is, by EU and World Health Organization (WHO) standards, “harmful to health.” More specifically, during that year, the annual limit value for PM10, a major component of air pollution, of 40
μg/m3, was exceeded in most of these areas. Some cities are hit harder than others, with Belgrade, Bor, Uzice and
Smederevo heading the list of urban areas with category III air pollution, otherwise known as over-polluted
Serbia’s Minister of Environmental Protection stated in August 2017 that the time for tolerating pollutants has passed, as reported by Blic daily (owned by Ringier Axel Springer Media), estimating that “Serbia will have to invest some €15 billion into environmental protection through various projects over the next 10 years.”
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