First study tour, June 18-25, 2006, Denmark

The first study tour in the framework of the Multi-annual Work Programme 2003-2006 was aimed at acquiring a full understanding of how a national environmental protection system works in one of the most advanced EU countries: Denmark. The focus of the study tour was environmental permitting and inspection in light of the IPPC Directive. However, other major pieces of EU legislation were covered, including the Waste Incineration Directive, the Waste Landfill Directive, the Water Framework Directive and the VOCs Directive. See the Agenda here (PDF).

A total of 19 environmental inspectors from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Turkey visited Copenhagen, the municipality of Gladsaxe and several installations. The study tour was organised in cooperation with Planmiljoe and was funded by the European Commission Assistance Programme, CARDS. See the list of participants (PDF).

Participants visited the municipalities of Copenhagen, Gladsaxe, Ballerup and Ringsted, as well as the following installations:

  • Vestforbraending Waste Incinerator
  • LEO Pharma Pharmaceutical Company
  • Sun Chemicals
  • A pig farm

There was also a visit to Rovesta Laboratories and a presentation by the European Topic Centre on Resource and Waste Management.

The following presentations were delivered during the study tour:

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

Library

Collection of useful documents