REC Srbija


REC je u Srbiji prisutan kroz kancelariju u Beogradu.

Istorija REC kancelarije u Srbiji

U junu 1996. godine Vlada Savezne Republike Jugoslavije je potpisala REC povelju i  tada su potvrđeni ciljevi i status ove organizacije u Srbiji. REC je zvanično prisutan u Srbiji od aprila 1997. godine, a kancelarija u Srbiji postoji od maja 1998. Do 2008. REC funkcioniše prema Memorandumu o razumevanju koji je potpisan 2001. godine izmedju REC-a i Saveznog Ministarstva spoljnih poslova SR Jugoslavije (sadašnje Srbije) i sledeći Ugovor o poslovnoj i tehničkoj saradnji potpisan sa Sekretarijatom za zaštitu životne sredine Republike Srbije, u kome su navedeni prioriteti zajedničke saradnje. 

Pravni status

REC kancelarija u Srbiji funkcioniše na osnovu Sporazuma o pravnom statusu REC-a u Srbiji, koji je odobren od strane Vlade Srbije i potpisan 27. juna 2008. u Sent Andreji, što je potvrdilo status REC-a kao medjunarodne organizacije sa punom nadležnošću da implementira REC programme i aktivnosti.

Misija REC kancelarije u Srbiji

REC kancelarija u Srbiji sledi misiju REC-a u procesu rešavanja problema životne sredine, kroz pružanje različitih usluga, pospešivanje saradnje između relevantnih interesnih grupa (uključujući nacionalne i lokalne vlasti, biznis sektor, nevladine organizacije i građane), podržavanje slobodne razmene informacija i promovisanje učešća javnosti u donošenju odluka koje se tiču životne sredine.

Vizija REC kancelarije u Srbiji

Vizija REC RS je demokratsko, razvijeno i ekološki održivo društvo Srbije, kao integralnog dela Evrope.

Strateški ciljevi REC kancelarije u Srbiji

REC RS sledi strateške ciljeve REC-a, uzimajući u obzir specifične okolnosti u Srbiji  i njen status potencijalnog kandidata za članstvo u EU. Strateški ciljevi REC RS su:

  • da pruža kvalitetne, inovativne usluge visokog prioriteta svim zainteresovanim grupama, težeći da postigne maksimalni benefit  za Srbiju i životnu sredinu uopšte, i da sprovodi principe održivog razvoja u praksi;
  • da obezbedi neutralni prostor za dijalog, umrežavanje i saradnju zainteresovanih grupa i partnera na lokalnom i nacionalnom nivou, kao i između ovih nivoa;
  • da održava nezavisan status organizacije kroz uspešan model upravljanja, međunarodni pravni status u Srbiji, raznovrsne izvore finansiranja i kvalitet poslovanja;
  • da pospešuje proaktivni razvoj organizacije, kako bi uspešno sprovodio svoju misiju u promenljivom okruženju političke, društvene i ekonomske obnove Srbije.

Tematske oblasti delovanja

Fokus REC RS je neprikosnoveni kvalitet rešavanja problema životne sredine. REC RS je razvio konsultantsku ekspertizu visokog stepena u različitim tematskim oblastima i okuplja veliki tim istaknutih stručnjaka za pitanja životne sredine.  REC RS sprovodi veliki broj projekata u oblasti životne sredine, orijentisanih ka obezbeđivanju ekspertske podrške, izradi strateških dokumenata i izgradnji kapaciteta uz učešće relevantnih interesnih grupa.

Sedište kancelarija

Executive Director

Mihail Dimovski

Mihail Dimovski

Mihail Dimovski brings over 18 years of experience, 15 of them at senior level, in environment and climate change policy development, with a specific focus on EU legislation and the approximation process, multilateral initiatives and milestone regional platforms in Central and Eastern Europe, the European Union and beyond. He also has demonstrated experience in fundraising, as well as in the management and implementation of flagship initiatives and platforms supported by various technical assistance programmes.

Before coming back to the REC he worked for the Environment Agency Austria and for leading multinational consulting companies, with a senior role in project planning, acquisition and implementation. At the REC, he was responsible for the implementation of large regional projects and for the coordination of the Law Development, Enforcement and Compliance topic area.

Mr. Dimovski is a former member of the Executive Planning Committee of the International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (INECE) and of INTERPOL’s Pollution Crime Working Group. His work is highly regarded by decision makers and practitioners in the REC’s beneficiary countries, as well as by the European Commission, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), and other international organisations and governments that provide support to the region.


Deputy Executive Director, Environmental Policy Directorate (Acting)

Mihallaq Qirjo

Mihallaq Qirjo

Of Albanian nationality, Mihallaq Qirjo holds a PhD in applied ecology and has been involved in the environmental field since 1990. He was appointed head of the REC’s country office in Albania in 1994. In this role, he is involved in the design and implementation of environmental programmes and projects at national and regional level, with a focus on the development of environmental policies and institutions, capacity building, education and awareness raising. He is also a lecturer in ecology at Tirana University’s Faculty of Natural Sciences. He was appointed acting deputy executive director for environmental policy in September 2016.


Deputy Executive Director, Operations

Zoltan Erdelyi

Zoltan Erdelyi

Born in Zalaegerszeg, Hungary, Zoltan Erdelyi earned a master ' s degree in economics from the Budapest University of Economic Sciences (now Corvinus University) and the Freie Universitaet Berlin. He also studied in the United Kingdom and Spain. He is currently working towards a PhD in management sciences with Miskolc University.

He has 17 years' professional experience in the operational and financial fields of companies in Germany and Hungary. Before joining the REC, he worked for 13 years in management roles, from chief financial officer to deputy executive director for operations, at multinational companies in Hungary. For six years his tasks also included regional responsibilities for Central and Eastern European countries.

He became deputy executive director of the REC in May 2009.


Regional Director for South Eastern Europe

Gordana Kozhuharova

Gordana Kozhuharova

Gordana Kozhuharova is from Skopje, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. From 1998 until autumn 2008, she worked for the Macedonian Ministry for Environment and Physical Planning as head of the Department for Cooperation and Project Coordination.

Among her responsibilities was the coordination of the programming and implementation process of the EC’s Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA). She was senior programming officer for Component I and IPA coordinator for Component III under the IPA, dealing with the Operational Programme for Transport and the Environment. Between 2000 and 2003 she was head of the Division for Multilateral Cooperation, and from 2003 to 2007 she was head of the ministry’s Department for European Integration. She joined the REC in 2008 as regional director for South Eastern Europe (SEE). She is responsible for supervising and coaching REC country and field offices in the SEE region and, as one of REC’s senior managers, for supporting the REC’s strategic vision and programme planning for the region. She is currently completing post-graduate studies in environmental management. She speaks English and Macedonian.


Director of the Sustainable Development Academy

Janos Zlinszky

Janos Zlinszky

As director of the Sustainable Development Academy (SDA) he is involved in the design, management and teaching of the Course for Sustainability, a course for key government officials run in partnership with Venice International University and other academic institutions. The SDA also manages programmes for young leaders and promotes public education for sustainable development.

He is former head of the Department for Strategy and Research in the Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Future Generations. He also served as senior advisor on environmental policy to the president of Hungary, and as senior advisor to the executive director of the REC.

In 2003, he was visiting professor at the Ecole Superieure de Commerce et de Management (ESCEM, France), where he designed and taught a course on sustainable development. Earlier teaching and research experience includes work at Carleton University, Ottawa, and a fellowship with Cambridge University, where he taught courses in environmental politics as part of the MSc programme, and introductory courses for master's degrees in environmental law. In 1996, he set up the Department for Environment Studies at the Catholic University in Hungary and continues to serve as associate professor in the Department for Environmental Law and Competition Law in the Faculty of Law at Pazmany Peter Catholic University in Budapest.

Janos Zlinszky has published extensively and has presented at many conferences over the years. His qualifications include doctorates in natural sciences and environmental biology from the Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, and a PhD from the University of Ulster, Coleraine, UK. He is a member of various academic societies and NGOs engaged in work for sustainability, among them Societas Internationalis Limnologiae, and the Balaton Group.


Director for International Cooperation and Strategy

Matthias Puhringer

Matthias Puhringer

Following legal training in Austria and Switzerland, Matthias Puhringer has focused throughout his academic and professional career on various aspects of international relations, development cooperation, EU affairs and their respective policies. Prior to joining the REC in 2010, Matthias Puhringer worked in the public service and civil society sector in the areas of public diplomacy, judicature, administration, and project and programme management in Austria and abroad. As director for international cooperation and strategy at the REC, he provides leadership and policy coordination in terms of the REC's relations with member states, resource partners and other cooperation partners; builds alliances and strategic partnerships for the REC; and contributes to the identification and implementation of innovations and continuous improvements that support organisational excellence. Since 2011, he has also served as acting director of the REC's offices in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Lokalne kancelarije

Zaposleni

Ruza Radovic, Country Office Director

Jasmina Marinkovic, Secretary

Damir Oravec, Senior Administrative Coordinator

Ivana Tomasevic, Expert

Zvezdana Lipovac, Financial and Administrative Officer

Tihomir Rekic, Financial Management and Accounting Expert 

Igor Kostic, Expert

Jelena Tripkovic, Junior Expert

Scope of work

The Government of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia signed the REC Charter in June 1996, thereby acknowledging the aims and status of the organisation in Serbia. The REC has been officially present in Serbia since April 1997, while the office in Serbia has been in existence since May 1998. It operates according to the Memorandum of Understanding signed on June 22, 2001 by the REC and the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (now Serbia).

Since July 2008, REC Serbia has operated on the basis of a cooperation agreement between the Republic of Serbia and the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe, signed by the Government of Serbia and the REC. Under the provisions of the agreement, REC Serbia is a fully fledged international organisation employing 10 permanent members of staff and with a large network of external experts.

Country office expertise

Strengthening institutions for sustainable development

  • Local initiatives
  • Law, enforcement and compliance
  • Environmental financing

Capacity building of stakeholders and assisting partnerships

  • Courses for sustainable development
  • Education
  • Civil society support
  • Information
  • Implementation of the Aarhus Convention, PRTR Protocol and related EU directives

Sustainable management and use of natural resources

  • Biodiversity, agriculture and rural development
  • Water management
  • Sustainable consumption and production (SCP)

Integration of environmental concerns into the relevant sectors (such as energy, transport, health etc.)

  • Environmental assessment
  • Climate change
  • Health and environment