Further strengthening the capacities for effective implementation of the acquis in the field of air quality


Air quality continues to be an important issue in the country having implications on the public health, the economy and the environment in general. Poor air quality can lead to increased health hazards, premature death and degradation of ecosystems and decreased yields.

Recognizing the need to improve the air quality, the European Union together with the beneficiary country institutions, is funding the a Twinning Project ‘Further strengthening the capacities for effective implementation of the acquis in the field of air quality’. The project duration is 21 months (May 2015 – January 2017) with a budget of 1.1 million Euros.  

This project will continue on the improvements implemented during the previous Twinning projects ‘Improvement of Air Quality MK05/IB/EN/01’ and ‘Strengthening the central and local level capacities for environmental management in the area of air quality MK/2008/IB/ENV/01’ which supported the development and implementation of air quality related legislation and strengthening the technical capacities on air quality measurements, monitoring and reporting among other things. Even though significant improvements were reached during these Twinning projects, further work is necessary to fulfill the requirements and fully implement air quality related legislation at the level of European Union.


  • Official closing ceremony was organised on 26th January 2017

  • Inventory for 2014 annual emissions has been reported towards UNECE/EEA

With the support of the Twinning project the national emission inventory for the year 2014 was produced. The emission inventory as well as the Inventory Informative Report (IIR) for the year 2014 were prepared and reported according to the obligations of the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (UNECE/LRTAP).
During this reporting round for the first time the historical emissions for whole trend period of 1990-2014 were calculated and reported. The quality of the inventory and IIR were improved significantly. Number of missions by emission inventory experts from Environment Agency Austria were dedicated to improve the emission inventory methodologies (gap filling, gathering of proper activity data, and determination of implied emission factors) and introduction of the key source analysis as well as trend analysis calculations. In addition the implementation of the QA/QC system in the preparation of the inventory was introduced. The emission inventory and the report for 2014 and previous years are available on the following website


  • Official opening event was organised on 9th September 2015

  • Twinning project officially started

Twinning Project ‘Further strengthening the capacities for effective implementation of the acquis in the field of air quality’ was officially started on 1st May 2015. The activities of the project to improve the air quality measurements and assessments, reporting and data management, development of emission inventories and projections as well as air quality improvement plans and health impact assessments are well under way. Further information of the project activities can be found on this website and our Facebook page