Latest Events

  • Third Exchange Programme
  • Istanbul, Turkey, Apr 29, 2010

    The 3rd Exchange Programme will take place in Istanbul, Turkey, from the 29th to the 30th of April 2010, organized by the ECENA Secretariat and the Turkish Ministry of Environment and Forestry. Its focus will be on candidate countries and potential candidates for EU membership. It is expected to continue to contribute to the establishment of a regional outlook to environmental law enforcement. Topics expected to be covered at this exchange programme are:

    • Key-points for permitting and inspections in Turkey;
    • EU Member State experiences in permitting in the food processing industry;
    • Permitting conditions for the food and drink sectors;
    • NECEMA and IMPEL activities;
    • Site visit

    Please visit the programme's webpage for more details, draft agenda, registration, etc.

  • 3rd ECENA National Training in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia - April 2010
  • Vinica, Apr 22, 2010

      The Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, in cooperation with the ECENA Secretariat, is going to organise the third ECENA national training on April 22-24, 2010, in the city of Vinica. The training will focus on ECENA, IMPEL and GreEnforce activities, IPA Projects, EIA and SEA procedure in Republic of Macedonia, SEVESO II Directive and dangerous substances, National Parks in FYR of Macedonia, the last changes in environmental legislation in the FYR of Macedonia, and collaboration between central and local environmental inspectors. It will include a site visit to SASA Lead and Zinc Mine, Mak. Kamenica, and discussion of its IPPC Licence.

      For more information, please visit the training's webpage.

  • 5th IMPEL General Assembly
  • Cordoba, Spain, Apr 15, 2010

    The 5th IMPEL General Assembly will take place between the 15-16 of April 2010 in the city of Cordoba, Spain. For more details, please check:

  • Second Exchange Programme
  • Zagreb, Croatia, Feb 25, 2010

    The Second Exchange Programme will be jointly organised with the Croatian Ministry of Environmental Protection, Physical Planning and Construction. The Exchange Programme is part of the Multi-annual Work Programme of ECENA for the period 2007 to 2010, under Cluster 1. Financial support is provided by the European Commission CARDS 2005 Regional Programme.

    The programme will focus on candidate countries and potential candidates for EU membership, and following on from the First Exchange Programme, held in Ohrid, in 2009, the aim is to consolidate the lessons learnt through ECENA and IMPEL and to discover new collaborative ways in which the beneficiary countries can implement those lessons nationally and regionally. This informal process is expected to contribute to the establishment of a regional approach to environmental law enforcement.

    The Second Exchange Programme will take place in Zagreb, Croatia, on February 25-26, 2010. Each of the network coordinators from the respective ECENA member countries are expected to nominate three participants with experience in inspection and permit writing as well as with good working knowledge of the English language.

    Please visit this page for all information regarding the programme.

  • IMPEL-TFS Enforcement Actions II Interim Conference
  • Munich, Germany, Feb 10, 2010

    Description:The Enforcement Action Project II (2008-2011) is the fourth project under the umbrella of IMPEL/TFS. It aims to further promote and improve inspections of waste shipments through and out of the European Union, including verification of the waste destination and treatment, by means of a cooperative approach (joint actions) to harmonise the level of enforcement, knowledge and interpretation within the participating member states.

    The conference will provide an opportunity to review the current project. Its main aims are to share the experiences gained in the first project period, to review the TOR and to discuss the major priorities and best steps for improved implementation and enforcement of the EU Waste Shipment Regulation in the remaining project period.
    The conference will focus on:

    • the number of inspection activities in participating countries;
    • the type of inspection activities (transport and company);
    • practical cooperation between member states;
    • networking between national responsible officials;
    • verification; and
    • knowledge transfer (exchange programme).

    ECENA will fund the participation of Serbia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in this event.




  • Fourth IMPEL General Assembly
  • Stockholm, Sweden, Dec 2, 2009

    IMPEL logoDescription: The purpose of IMPEL is to create a forum for the exchange of experience and the sharing of best practices to promote higher-quality development and better coherence in the countries’ compliance with EC environmental legislation. The current Multi-annual Work Programme (2007–2010) draws on both the Sixth EU Environment Action Programme and the EU Recommendation on Minimum Criteria for Environmental Inspections. Decisions on matters such as projects to be jointly implemented and reports from concluded projects are to be taken at the General Assembly.

    ECENA will fund the participation of two delegates from the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. 




  • Third train-the-trainer programme on environmental crime, 10-12 November 2009, Austria
  • Vienna & Linz, Austria, Nov 10, 2009

    For further information please visit the training event page.



  • 15th meeting of the INTERPOL Pollution Crime Working Group
  • Lyon, France, Oct 7, 2009

    The meeting is intended for stakeholders from non-governmental organisations and civil society, enabling them to meet and brainstorm with governmental law enforcement officers and to raise awareness of emerging pollution crime trends and patterns. The open meeting is also expected to encourage communication, coordination and cooperation between organisations, while ensuring that the law enforcement strategies developed by INTERPOL take into account the opinions of society at large.

    The agenda is available on INTERPOL's website.

  • Fourth Plenary Meeting of the Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network for Accession (ECENA)
  • Brussels, Belgium, Oct 6, 2009

    We would like to invite you to the fourth plenary meeting of ECENA, which will be held on October 6-7, 2009 in Brussels.

    The meeting will be co-chaired by the European Commission and the Regional Environmental Center, as the Secretariat for ECENA.

    Meeting participants will review the activities carried out in 2008/2009 under ECENA's Multi-annual Work Programme for 2007-2010 and their impact on the progress made by countries towards implementing EU environmental legislation since last September's third plenary meeting. ECENA is supported financially from the European Commission CARDS 2005 Regional Programme.

    For all details and registration please visit the meeting's website, where you can also find all relevant documentation and a registration form.

    [UPDATE 22-Jan-2010] Please visit the relevant section to obtain all information regarding this plenary.


  • IMPEL Conference on the Implementation and Enforcement of Environmental Legislation
  • Sibiu, Romania, Sep 23, 2009

    For details and agenda please check the conference website.



Second regional training, ECENA train-the-trainer programme on the Waste Landfill Directive and the Waste Incineration Directive
June 30-July 2, 2008, Budapest, Pusztazamor and Balatonfuzfo, Hungary

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


Second ECENA plenary meeting
September 17-18, 2007, Brussels, Belgium

ECENA workshop on benchmarking and using environmental compliance and enforcement indicators
March 29-30, 2007, Szentendre, Hungary

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


First ECENA plenary meeting
January 19-20, 2006, Zagreb, Croatia

Peer reviews in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia took place in the first half of the year.


Training programme on the Large Combustion Plants Directive
June 1-5, 2005, Ireland

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