The workshop was organized in cooperation with TAIEX, and under the EPPA project work programme, activity 4.1 “Air Quality Directive capacity building”. The participants of the workshop came from the relevant authorities of the EPPA beneficiary countries. They represented the beneficiaries’ hydrometeorological institutes, environmental protection agencies, ministries of environment (departments/units for air quality), and laboratories dealing with air quality. Civil society was also represented by the NGO Green Home from Montenegro.
The workshop succeeded in increasing the knowledge of the AAQD and its implementation in the EU, resulting in know-how transfer to the beneficiaries, thus benefiting their alignment process. It was also visible that the participants placed high importance on regional cooperation to tackle air pollution, including appeals to increase cross-border cooperation in the area. As a result of the discussions, there were some key points identified that need to be considered when reflecting on air quality policy and implementation measures.