Training workshop on LCP, Seveso II and E-PRTR in ECENA member countries, March 17-21, 2008, Bristol, UK

The training for environmental inspectors and environmental ministry officials focused on three modules: LCP, Seveso II and EPER/ E-PRTR. The training was held in Bristol, United Kingdom, on March 17-21, 2008, and included four practical study visits. Representatives of the Environmental Agency of England and Wales assisted in the organisation of the training.

The training programme focused on countries that are either candidates or potential candidates for EU membership, with the goal of increasing their capacities to implement the Large Combustion Plants and Seveso II Directives. The training aimed to help the counties to fulfil their obligations under the European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (E-PRTR), which will succeed the European Pollutant Emissions Register (EPER).

The programme alternated presentations, plenary sessions and small working group discussions, allowing issues related to development and difficulties to be tackled, and providing an opportunity to learn from the experiences of EU member states. Four study visits were organised: an LCP site visit to Didcot Power Station, Oxfordshire; two Seveso II sites (VOPAK Terminal, Barry Silicon-Based Manufacturing Installation in South Wales, and the Murco petroleum terminal, Westerleigh); and a visit to the Environmental Agency of England and Wales.

Participants were from environmental enforcement agencies and inspectorates, as well as from the environmental ministries of Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo (as defined under UNSCR 1244), the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Turkey.

 

The following presentations were made during the workshop:

E-PRTR presentations:

LCP training presentations:

Seveso II Directive:

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