Multi country Capacity Building on Compliance with Environmental Legislation

Date: 18-20.11.2014
Place: Istanbul, Turkey
Organizer: ECRAN Secretariat with EC TAIEX Unit

The activities of ECENA planned under ECRAN, are to be built on the results achieved under RENA with the general conclusion that the work of inspectors and permit writers has to be more coordinated and connected to other activities within the environmental protection area. Hence there is a general recommendation that activity of WG 4 ECENA should be more of a cross cutting nature. This is particularly important as the work of this WG is dealing with both implementation and enforcement of the EU acquis. Cooperation with policy makers and law drafters has to be strengthened in order to enable developing better implementable legislation.

The main tasks of this component contributed to:

  • Build capacity and exchange information amongst enforcement agencies and inspecting bodies on compliance with environmental legislation;
  • Increase efficient implementation and enforcement of environmental legislation;
  • Improve the exchange of experience and knowledge with EU member states and beyond through stronger co-operation with IMPEL and other sister networks, as well as through training and exchange programmes.

Furthermore, this component provided assistance in:

  • Creating a forum for better understanding of the specific problems and potential solutions of implementation and enforcement of specific laws;
  • Creating a pool of well-trained environmental inspectors and permit writers, capable of performing their tasks of implementation and enforcement of the environmental and climate acquis;
  • Conducting country-specific assessments of the implementation and enforcement set-up.

A first training workshop has been held in Croatia (20-22 May 2014) followed by a workshop in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (10-12 September 2014). The present workshop is the third module in the series of the multicounty workshops to be held in each of the eight beneficiary countries.

The main subjects in the consecutive workshops are:

  • Inspection Management
  • Implementation IPPC/IED
  • Cross cutting issues IED
  • Common inspection/site visit

Objectives of the Workshop:

Wider Objective: increasing the effectiveness of inspection bodies and promoting compliance with environmental requirements

Specific Objective: Capacity building regarding compliance with environmental legislation through better understanding of implementation issues and identification of targeted solutions (training of inspectors and permit writers in cooperation with law drafters and policy makers)

Expected results of the workshop

The following result is expected for this activity
  • improved functioning of environmental inspection and enforcement organizations;
  • streamlined working methods and implementation of best practice in the region moving towards EU standards.