Assessment of the environmental impacts of a
brownfield on the surrounding inhabited area

The brownfield concerned is the Mlaka site (INA Refinery). Several Pilot Action activities will be delivered in synergy with the Port of Rijeka Authority.


  • Characteristics of the brownfield:
    • INA Refinery is situated in the west cost of the City of Rijeka (area Mlaka), very close to the city centre
    • It is one of the main brownfields in the territorial Functional Urban Area (200.000,00 m²)
    • Some part of the area is residental but most parts are industrial
    • The largest share of the area (approx 98%) belongs to private owner
    • It represents one of the biggest pollutants in the area 

  • Main issues/problems:
    • Ecological status: chemical reactions of ozone precursors, local sources, transport, inadequate waste disposal, contamination of soil in dismissed industrial areas
    • Ownership relations and responsibilities for its rehabilitation, future purpose

  • Goals and Needs: The rehabilitation of this brownfield offers a chance to create access to the sea for the population of Rijeka, significantly improving the coastal aspect of the city

  • Pilot Action Activities:
    • Constitution of a Local Action Group
    • Detailed study on the future use of the area sorrounding the harbour
    • Proposal of measures for the enviromental and rehabilitation of the area based on the pilot findings



  • Involvement of stakeholders:
    A cooperation agreement was signed between Port of Rijeka Authority and City of Rijeka in 2017. A local action group was established with representatives of utility societies, companies who deals with prevention and sanitation of pollution, energy agencies and institutions responsible for controlling the health conditions in the country