Train-the-trainer programme on the Waste Landfill Directive and the Waste Incineration Directive, June 30–July 2, 2008, Budapest, Pusztazámor and Balatonfûzfõ, Hungary

The training for environmental inspectors and permit writers was the third training representing an integral aspect of the Multi-annual Work Programme (MAP) of ECENA for the period 2007-2010. The Ministry of Environment and Water of Hungary and the Central European University (CEU) provided active support and the exchange of knowledge, valuable experiences and lessons learned.

The goal of this training was to provide greater understanding of waste management in the EU and the implementation of the main principles of the Waste Landfill and Waste Incineration Directives. National policies for the implementation of the waste hierarchy were discussed, and lessons learned from member states and new member states were presented through case studies. The technical characteristics of landfills and EU strategies to reduce biodegradable municipal waste were also discussed and related best practices were presented. The cost of waste landfilling and the setting of appropriate landfill tariffs were tackled through an evaluation of the costs and benefits of compliance. Self-monitoring, monitoring, permitting and reporting obligations for existing plants were also on the agenda. Inspectors from Hungary shared valuable experiences regarding the development and implementation of a programme of inspection.

Focusing on the practical implementation of the waste-related directives, three joint inspections of selected installations were organised:

  • Budapest incinerator;
  • Pusztazamor landfill site and;
  • Nitrokémia site in Balatonfuzfo.


Session 1
EU waste policy, general principles: The Waste Landfill Directive – history, goals, requirements, scope and the implementation of the directive in Western Europe and in Hungary

Session 2
Hungarian waste management policy

Session 3
Technical characteristics of landfills, strategies to reduce biodegradable municipal waste, best practices from the EU

Session 4
Landfill costs, main stakeholders, illegal waste disposal

Session 5
Self-monitoring and monitoring of landfill and incineration

Session 6
Permitting and reporting obligations for existing plants

Session 7
Inspection of a landfill and an incinerator. System for inspection: general requirements and development of programme of inspection, and implementation of a programme of inspections

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