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

Institutions involved

The main beneficiary institution of the Twinning project is the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning (MEPP) . MEPP is responsible for the development of the air quality and emission related legislation and partially implementation of the legislation including for example the operation of the National Air Quality Monitoring Network.

The Institute of Public Health (IPH), the City of Skopje and other municipalities are also participating in the project activities.

The project is implemented by the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) as the main partner and the Environment Agency of Austria (EAA) as junior partner.

FMI is a governmental institution under the Ministry of Transport and Communications in Finland. FMI´s main areas of expertise are meteorology, climatology, geophysics, marine research, air quality and climate change. FMI is the appointed expert organization on air quality issues in Finland and has a key role in coordination of air quality assessments, research and training in air quality field in local to national scale.

The Environment Agency Austria – Umweltbundesamt GmbH – is national Government Agency attached to the Federal Ministry for the Environment. Environment Agency Austria has successfully participated in institution and capacity building projects for almost all New Member States and Accession Countries to the 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