Train-the-trainer programme on environmental crime, December 9-12, 2008, Budapest, Visegrad and Esztergom, Hungary

The training was aimed at judges, prosecutors, environmental inspectors and police officers and was the first training on environmental crime out of the series of three trainings under the Multi-annual Work Programme (MAP) of ECENA for the period 2007-2010. The training was organised in cooperation with Interpol, the Dutch Police Academy, the Criminal Intelligence Service of Austria, the Federal Judicial Police of Belgium, the Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior, the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, and the Central European University. Hungarian judges, prosecutors and experts, and the Parliamentary Commissioner for Future Generations also provided active support and contributed valuable experiences and knowledge.

The goal of the training was to provide information on and greater understanding of environmental crime. The principles and general aspects of environmental crime were discussed, and presentations were given on environmental pollution crimes and the combatting of illegal waste transportation, with a practical exercise in working groups on a special crime case. The importance of cooperation and coordination among the competent authorities, and the role of intelligence were emphasised. The prosecution and litigation of crime cases and an overview of the new EU directive on the protection of the environment through criminal law were also on the agenda.

The site visit to a forensics laboratory and an on-site presentation of a case of the illegal disposal of hazardous waste in Esztergom gave added value to the programme.

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