Training workshop on developing and operating EPER/E-PRTR systems in ECENA member countries, October 15-17, 2007, Szentendre, Hungary

The workshop on developing and operating EPER and E-PRTR systems was aimed at environmental inspectors and environmental ministry officials. It took place in Szentendre, Hungary on October 15-16, 2007, and was followed by a site visit to the Hungarian Ministry of Environment and Waters on October 17.

The training programme focused on issues relating to legislative, institutional and practical aspects of setting up and operating a European Pollutant Emission Register and a European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (E-PRTR), but also dealt with how to progress from the EPER requirements to E-PRTR, and the implementation of the PRTR Protocol.

The main purpose of the event was to build the capacities of participants that have, or will have, tasks associated with integrated pollution register issues, including drafting regulations or policies, developing registers, or contributing to shaping and implementing operational aspects.

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 experience of the European Union and its member states. Participants in the training programme came from environmental enforcement agencies and inspectorates, as well as from the ministries of environment 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:

Presentations by experts from the Hungarian Ministry of Environment and Water:

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