IMPEL-TFS Enforcement Actions II Project, October 16-17, 2008, Utrecht

Event: IMPEL-TFS Enforcement Actions II Project
Date: October 16-17, 2008
Location: Utrecht

: Within the “IMPEL-TFS Enforcement Action II Project”, joint inspections and exchange programmes are planned (in three inspection periods) under the revised Waste Shipment Regulation 1013/06, which has been in force since July 12, 2007. This regulation contains, inter alia, provisions regarding enforcement and obligatory cooperation between member states and sets up a framework for such cooperation via the designation of national focal points.
The specific objectives of the Utrecht conference included:

1. Discussions on:

  • the outcome of the Enforcement Actions I project;
  • experiences from visits to third countries where waste is recovered and disposed of under inadequate conditions;
  • requirements and priorities from the EU point of view;
  • possibilities for effective cooperation with customs; and
  • ideas and concrete proposals for the improvement for project activities and instruments (inspection and verification, enforcement tools, communication).

2. Agreements on joint inspections and exchange programmes (plan) for 2008 and 2009:

  • joint inspections;
  • exchanges of information and knowledge and exchange programmes for inspectors.

More details available here.


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