Train-the-trainer programme on environmental crime, April 27-29, 2009, Budapest and Eger, Hungary

The training programme focused on the general context for environmental crimes, including the European legal framework; detection and investigation; as well as practical approaches, which were illustrated through a number of environmental crime cases. Special attention was paid to the problem of illegal logging, which was illustrated by Hungarian cases and examples. The programme was interactive and comprised presentations, discussions and a site visit focusing on illegal logging (see agenda for further details).

Participants in the training programme came from national institutions responsible for the detection and investigation of environmental crime cases and for the enforcement of environmental law, and included environmental inspectors, judges, prosecutors and police officers from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo (as defined under UNSCR 1244), the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey.

The following presentations were given during the training programme:

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