Multi country Capacity Building workshop on compliance with environmental legislation

Date: 08-10.09.2015
Place: Tirana, with site visit to Fier, Albania
Organizer: ECRAN Secretariat in cooperation with the EC TAIEX Unit

The overall objective of the ECENA Working Group has been defined as to improve the ability of ECENA member countries to implement and enforce the EU environmental and climate acquis by increasing the effectiveness of inspecting bodies and promoting compliance with environmental requirements.

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.

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), Turkey (18 – 20 November 2014) and Montenegro (21 – 23 April 2015). The present workshop is the fifth module in the series of the multi-country 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:

Main objective of the workshop is increasing the effectiveness of inspection bodies and promoting compliance with environmental requirements through capacity building in the aim of 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 training

The following results are expected for this activity scheme

  • improved functioning of environmental inspection and enforcement organizations;
  • streamlined working methods and implementation of best practice in the region moving towards EU standards.