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Way to Twinning project ending seminar
Director of the Twinning project Petri Ahlroth, Deputy Director Ruta Baskyte and Coordinator Kati Pritsi smile of satisfaction at the well-functioning preparations at the Skopje Museum bridge while on their way to the project’s concluding seminar. Photo Riku Lumiaro.

North Macedonian environmental management and its journey towards becoming part of the European Union

News 2019-10-22
Towards the end of the autumn, during Finland’s EU presidency, it will be decided whether to begin European Union accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania. These countries have implemented many reforms in order to make it possible to begin accession negotiations. Finland has actively supported the development of North Macedonia’s environmental management and the initiation of scientific monitoring of nature.

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Assessment of the status of Finland’s waters

Status of lakes and rivers about the same as before, coastal waters have deteriorated

A new assessment of the ecological status1) of surface waters in Finland shows that 87% of the surface area of our lakes and 68% of our rivers are in good or very good condition. Eutrophication is still the most significant problem. There have been no major changes in the status of inland waters since 2013, except for some improvement in certain sites. The status of the Gulf of Finland has improved, but for the most part the status of coastal waters is not good. The risks associated with groundwater have not increased.