Workshop on benchmarking and progress monitoring in environmental compliance and enforcement, March 29-30, 2007, Szentendre, Hungary

The workshop on benchmarking was held on March 29-30, 2007 at the REC's conference centre in Szentendre, Hungary.

The training focused on understanding the benefits of benchmarking, critical factors, how and when to use it and who should be involved in the benchmarking process. Besides presentations, the programme included an interactive element with the participation of invited officials. Discussions were held on the situation in the various countries from the point of view of benchmarking, the permitting system, and the inspection of installations. Participants contributed presentations on the situation in their own countries in terms of benchmarking and progress monitoring.

Participants came from the ministries of environment and inspectorates in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo (as defined under UNSCR 1244), the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.


The following presentations were made during the workshop:

Country presentations:

Presentations by experts:

Network plenary meetings

Annual meeting of all ECENA members

Regional training programmes

Training for key personnel, helping them to spread know-how in their home countries

Exchange programmes

Informal trainings featuring roundtable discussions, the sharing of experience and practical approaches to enforcement

Peer reviews (under 2003-2006 BERCEN)

Assisting countries to identify and analyse potential weaknesses in implementing environmental legislation

Study tours

Visits to third-party countries to gain understanding of how a national environmental protection system works

Participation in international meetings

Participation of ECENA members in the events of sister networks

National Trainings

Trainings held in the beneficiary countries and in the local language


Collection of useful documents