First exchange programme under the Multi-annual Work Programme 2007-2010, June 30-July 2, 2009, Ohrid, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

The first ECENA exchange programme, funded under the Multi-annual Work Programme 2007-2010 under Cluster 1, was organised between June 30 and July 2, 2009 in Ohrid, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, in cooperation with the Macedonian Ministry of Environment. Financial support was provided by the European Commission CARDS 2005 Regional Programme.

Participants in the exchange programme included inspectors and permit writers from ECENA member countries, practitioners and experts from IMPEL member countries, international experts, representatives from the INTERPOL Sub-committee for Environmental Crime, and representatives from industry as well as from relevant institutions and organisations.

The exchange programme focused on building capacities in candidate countries and potential candidates for EU membership through the exchange of experience and best practices in relation to IMPEL projects and the IPPC, Seveso II, Waste Landfill and LCP Directives. Other topics covered were the development of the European Pollutant Emission Register (EPER) and the combating of environmental crime.

The programme included a one-day field visit to the REK Bitola power plant, where groups of participants were required to perform “pilot” inspection exercises in different sections of the plant (mine, ash disposal, main power plant) based on checklists/documents prepared in advance. The exercise included the preparation of follow-up reports by the groups with a presentation of the main findings/conclusions.

Participants in the exchange programme came from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo (as defined under UNSCR 1244), the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Serbia. They included ministry officials, staff from environmental agencies, and environmental inspectors and permit writers responsible for environmental controls/permits in relation to hazardous industrial sites, accident prevention and safety management.

A. Presentations

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B. Other documents:

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


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