2nd Annual Meeting of the Environmental Assessment Working Group

Date: 26.11.2014
Place: Vienna, Austria
Organizer: ECRAN Secretariat with EC TAIEX Unit

The tasks implemented under the Environmental Assessment Working Group of ECRAN are building on the results achieved by the EIA/SEA Sub-group of the Regional Environmental Network for Accession – RENA (2010 – 2013). Under the RENA, the activities implemented under the EIA/SEA Sub-group concentrated on the level of harmonization and implementation of the EIA and SEA Directives. Despite the relatively high level of transposition, the implementation of two Directives in all RENA/ECRAN countries is still at the very early stage. All these countries are facing a lack of capacities for appropriate implementation, specially in terms of SEA procedures.

Consequently, the ECRAN activities are focused on capacity building, enhancement of the regional cooperation, exchange of information, awareness-raising and practical application of EIA and SEA.

The tasks of EA WG are designed to be of cross-cutting nature and implemented in close collaboration with other Working Groups established under Environment Component of ECRAN, especially with the Nature, Water and Strategic Planning and Investment Working Groups. During 1st annual meeting, the work plan of EA WG will be presented to the country coordinators in order to obtain their comments and final approval.

Wider Objective:

To get a feedback on activities of the Environmental Assessment Working Group within ECRAN project implemented so far and plan activities for 2015.

Specific Objectives:

  • To present and discuss overview and main outputs from EA WG activities in 2014;
  • To present and discuss the work plan for 2015 focusing on organization of the SEA/EIA local trainings, 2nd ToT , and joint events with the Nature WG and Water Management WG;
  • To present and discuss the focus of the 2nd ToT;
  • To discuss potential for the 2nd SEA pilot to be supported in 2015.

Expected Results:

  • Work plan for 2015 finalized providing specification for all local SEA/EIA trainings to be supported within the ToT scheme;
  • General focus of the 2nd ToT agreed;
  • Candidates for the 2nd SEA pilot identified.