The EUR 2 million project will be co-financed by the European Commission (75 percent) and Croatia (25 percent).
The implementation of the project and the installment of necessary equipment at 12 sites will make it possible for Croatia to develop an integrated system of air quality monitoring and management at the national and local level, said the Croatian Physical Planning and Environment Minister, Marina Matulovic-Dropulic.
She said that in recent years Croatia had made great progress in air protection.
In the period from December 2004 to the end of 2008, the EU acquis communautaire referring to air protection was fully incorporated in the national legislation with the adoption of a law on air quality protection and a number of relevant regulations, the minister said.
She added that the current national network for measuring air quality consisted of eight stations and 129 locations.
At the ceremony, the Finnish Ambassador to Croatia, Ann-Marie Nyroos, said she was glad that Finnish experts were engaged in the implementation of the project.
The head of the European Commission\’s Delegation in Zagreb, Vincent Degert, said that Europe paid great attention to environmental protection. (Hina)