Train-the-trainer programme on the Seveso II Directive, May 11-13, 2009, Sofia, Bulgaria

The training was aimed at environmental inspectors and permit writers and was part of the Multi-annual Work Programme of ECENA for the period 2007 to 2010. Financial support for the training was provided by the European Commission CARDS 2005 Regional Programme.

The training was a follow-up to the training on the implementation of EU environmental legislation held in Bristol in 2008. The goal was to build the capacities of participants regarding the application and enforcement of the Seveso II Directive (1996/82/EC). The training covered the legal background to, and the transposition of, the directive, using the example of Bulgaria; the identification of Seveso installations; documentation assessment; risk assessment and management; the setting up of inspection systems; accident and safety management; and reporting.

The two-day classroom training was complemented by a one-day field visit to the Chelopech mine, a gold/copper mine and ore concentrating facility about 75 km east of Sofia. Participants were required to carry out a “pilot” inspection based on checklists and documents prepared prior to the visit.

Participants in the training programme came from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo (as defined under UNSCR 1244), the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey. 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.


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