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gstojinovic Aug 10, 2020 01:36 PM
Dear EEA I am looking for some guidance and support. Namely I am addressing you on behalf of unformal citizen association "Stop Kafileriji" (Stop to rendering plant) from Zrenjanin, Vojvodina, Serbia. We are fighting for our rights on clean air, and against odor pollution which are part of emission of local rendering plant (private owned). We have here huge problems while institutions and inspections are slow and we suspect they are protecting "large capital owner". As stated before it is a topic of odor emissions which I can't even start to describe. We are organizing protests about which I can inform you further if required (even today we had addressing to N1 a CNN affiliate in regards to problem).

What can you do to help?
Ideally point out to educative materials and laws and legislations in area of ODOR pollution, furthermore you can point out institutions, experts and business inside EU that can support with possible solutions in odor removal (i.e. rendering plant in developed EU country where odor pollution is managed properly). Also as country that is in approaching and planing to enter EU we are obliged to act accordingly, and on your side you have some responsibility to help us.

I know this is most unusual approach while it is not formal, but please help us.

(I can provide my contact details upon request)
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EEA Aug 20, 2020 09:02 AM
Dear M. G. Stojinovic,

Thank you for contacting the European Environment Agency (EEA).

We acknowledge receipt of your message and have contacted our expert in the field. We will get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.

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EEA Aug 21, 2020 09:03 AM
Dear M. G. Stojinovic,

Odour pollution is a local issue and thus EU regulation is not very prominent, neither is the role of EEA. These issues are often dealt with at the subnational-level (i.e. regions or municipalities). We would then suggest that you contact these authorities for further information. Additionally, as Serbia is not part of the EU, you will unfortunately not be able to activate the right of petition or similar mechanisms at EU level.

In the context of the Industrial Emission Directive, some Reference Documents on Best Available Techniques have made references to odours in some sector where this is most relevant. The most relevant BREF is the following:[…]animals-products-industries . This document provides guidelines of what is acceptable emission-wise and has similar references for odours. An update of this document is in progress.

We hope that this may be useful for you.

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gstojinovic Aug 21, 2020 09:29 AM
Thank you very much. We are aware that Serbia is not part of EU, but it is applicant and in negotiation stage thus we believe that EU laws and legislation must be taken under consideration in order to harmonize.

I will look at provided document and search for more.

We are mostly interested in BREF and applicable solutions while we adopted stand of "proactive participant" in this issue.