May 4, 2010
  • Notice: Final update of the ECENA website
  • ECENA's Multi-annual Work Programme for the period 2007 to 2010 ended on May 4, 2010. As of that date, the website is no longer being maintained. However, the site has been archived and will remain accessible online.

    Apr 21, 2010
  • 3rd ECENA National Training in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia - April 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.

    Mar 31, 2010
  • 5th IMPEL General Assembly
  • 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:

    Mar 31, 2010
  • Waste problems in CEE
  • "Poor legislation, insufficient infrastructure, lack of environmental awareness outside cities and a shortage of political will to tackle waste management problems has led to serious problems with illegal rubbish dumping. Together with non-existent recycling in some countries, this poses a threat to human health and the environment. (...) While the average EU recycling rate in 2008 for municipal waste was 21 percent, Bulgaria did not recycle any waste at all, Romania just one per cent, the Czech Republic two percent and Lithuania and Slovakia only three percent. In Estonia the rate of recycling decreased by 10 percent on 2007, while landfill increased by 11 percent. In Latvia there was a seven percent fall for recycling and a seven percent rise in landfill use. In comparison, in Austria 69 percent of municipal waste produced in the country was either recycled or made into compost - up 10 percent on the previous year - while Luxembourg also increased its recycling by 17 percent."

    Source: IPS-News, 30-Mar-2010, by Pavol Stracansky.

    Mar 22, 2010
  • Call for contributions - Final ECENA newsletter (under 2007-2010 MAP)
  • Dear ECENA collaborators,

    The Secretariat is preparing the final newsletter for ECENA (under the 2007-2010 MAP). As in the previous two issues, we would like you, the ECENA beneficiaries and partners, to contribute to the content. As this is the final issue, we would like to have a small retrospect, country by country, of the added value that ECENA has brought to your daily work. In particular, we would like to learn more about your personal experiences, and the overall contribution of ECENA’s activities to increase your and your departments’ capacities.  Furthermore, you should include a closing paragraph (or closing paragraphs) on the environmental challenges your country is facing in the next 5 years, taking into consideration the preparation for EU membership.

    Contributions should be NO longer than 500 words, and, if possible, less. Deadline: 16-April-2010.
    Please send contributions to, copying

    We also welcome articles on:

    • Environmental crime
    • Specific issues of RMCEI in your country (problems/advantages)
    • INSYS software uses
    • National trainings (important!)
    • Inspections case studies (if you have come across a useful example recently)

    Thank you!

    Mar 19, 2010
  • ECENA's 3rd Exchange Programme to take place in Istanbul, Turkey, 29-30 April 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.

    Mar 11, 2010
  • Second ECENA national training in the Republic of Serbia - 14-16 March 2010
  • The Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning of the Republic of Serbia is organising the second ECENA national training on March 14-16, 2010. The training is targeted at environmental inspectors and permit writers. The agenda will focus on:

    • Inspecting SEVESO II instalations
    • IPPC implementation
    • RMCEI implementation (European Parliament and Council Recommendation on Minimum Criteria for Environmental Inspections)
    • Planning inspections

    More details will be made available later.

    Contact details:

    Ms. Ljiljana Stanojevic
    Assistant Minister for Surveillance and Controll
    Sector for Control and Surveillance
    Address: Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning
    Dr. Ivana Ribara 91.
    New Belgrade 11070

    Mar 10, 2010
  • INTERPOL Environmental Crime Programme Newsletter - Issue 3
  • The 3rd issue of the INTERPOL Environmental Crime Programme’s Newsletter is now available. Please feel free to disseminate it to any interested parties.

    Download it here.

    Mar 9, 2010
  • Zagreb event makes it to the beneficiaries' websites
  • The Secretariat is happy to report that the second exchange programme of ECENA has been advertised in the website of the Croatian Ministry of Environmental Protection , Physical Planning and Construction.

    Mar 5, 2010
  • Members of the IMPEL project easyTools had their first meeting in Koeln
  • IMPEL project easyTools

    (By Durak Arifi, 5-Mar-2010)

    The aim of easyTools is to develop a flexible and user friendly programme for the risk assessment within the planning of environmental inspections as an application from the internet. The risk assessment tool will be part of the planning cycle described in the Step by step guidance book for planning of environmental inspection developed by the Doing The Right Things project (DTRT). It will take into account the needs of the IMPEL member countries as well as the requirements of European environmental law like the upcoming Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) and it will be linked to the Recommendation on Minimum Criteria for Environmental Inspections (RMCEI).

    The project group members will continue with their work (three more meetings) and, at the end, a workshop is going to be organized.

    For more information visit the dedicated webpage.

    Feb 24, 2010
  • Issue 2 of the ECENA newsletter is out!
  • We are happy to announce that issue 2 of the ECENA Experience newsletter is now available.

    Feb 23, 2010
  • E-Waste - a growing problem
  • "The mighty mountains of hazardous electronic waste are growing by about 40 million tonnes a year globally. In China, India and South Africa, those mountains are expected to grow 200 to 500 percent in the next decade, a new report warns. E-waste from discarded mobile phones will be about seven times higher than 2007 levels in China by 2020. In India, the mobile phone e-waste mountain will be 18 times higher. At the same time, e-waste from televisions will be 1.5 to 2.0 times higher in China and India, while in India e-waste from discarded refrigerators will double or triple, the landmark report states. China already produces about 2.3 million tonnes domestically, according to a 2010 estimate, second only to the United States with about 3.0 million tonnes. And, despite having banned e-waste imports, China remains a major e-waste dumping ground for developed countries."

    Source: IPS news, 22-Feb-2010, by Stephen Leahy

    Further details:

    Feb 19, 2010
  • European Commission study on revising Recommendation 2001/331/EC providing minimum criteria for environmental inspections
  • The EC is currently conducting an impact assessment study into possible options for revising Recommendation 2001/331/EC providing minimum criteria for environmental inspections. The results of this assessment will contribute to the review of this Recommendation. Participation of stakeholders during the information collection process is absolutely essential. Therefore, we strongly encourage all ECENA beneficiaries to fill out the form and send it back to the entinty contracted to produce the impact assessment study.

    Once you filled the form out please send it to: and


    Feb 17, 2010
  • Course: Business success through sustainability
  • The Regional Environmental Center (REC), with the support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, is proud to announce the course “Business success through sustainability” intended for representatives of:

    • companies,
    • small and medium enterprises,
    • municipal and communal enterprises dealing with water management, solid waste management, urban planning and other fields,
    • chambers of commerce and trade associations,
    • national governments,
    • associations of towns and municipalities,
    • regional and local development agencies,
    • and other interested parties.

    Countries eligible for participation are Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo as defined by UNSCR 1244.

    Click here for further details.

    Feb 12, 2010
  • Report: Transboundary Shipments of Waste Meeting (Netherlands, December 2009)
  • At the end of 2009, a meeting on initiatives in the areas of capacity building, awareness raising and enforcement in relation to transboundary movements of waste was held in the Netherlands. The meeting was organised by the Dutch Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment, and the goal was to obtain an overview of relevant projects, activities and key players. A further objective was to identify, and possibly agree on, a joint approach, thus increasing the efficiency, effectiveness and impact of the different projects. A total of 19 people attended the meeting, representing 11 organisations, institutes, international networks and NGOs.

    The main conclusions were:

    • There is a need for greater synergy among the relevant stakeholders, and for a joint approach in the areas of awareness raising, capacity building and operational enforcement in relation to transboundary movements of waste.
    • A compendium of existing tools or a central information point should be set up, containing information on projects, training, guidelines, contact points, materials and data to facilitate the organisation of back-to-back meetings and the alignment of other activities.
    • Awareness raising and capacity building should also focus on other target groups, including public prosecutors and industry (e.g. by sensitising shipping lines).
    • Individual countries should be encouraged and supported to implement the Basel Convention in their national legal systems.
    Feb 5, 2010
  • EU considers the creation of a waste agency
  • According to, the European Commission is looking into the possibility of creating a new waste agency in order to address the challenges of implementing and enforcing the European Commission’s directives covering the waste sector. As points out, “as much as a fifth of waste shipments that have been inspected in the bloc are illegal”. Furthermore, the “EU executive is also concerned about the increasing number of cases before the European Court of Justice complaining of illegal landfills and inadequate response by member states.”

    Further details:

    Jan 19, 2010
  • ECENA national training in Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244) to take place in February
  • The Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning of Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244), in cooperation with the ECENA Secretariat, will organise the first ECENA national training to take place in the local language. The main goal of the event is to transfer lessons learnt and all the experience gained at ECENA regional trainings to a large number of inspectors and permit writers. The event will take place in Pristina on February 2-3, 2010. Around 30 inspectors and permit writers are expected to attend.

    For more details:

    Mr. Muhamet Malsiu


    Acting Head of Environmental Inspectorate
    Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning
    Rilindja Building Container Nr.3, Room 206

    Jan 19, 2010
  • Second ECENA national training in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to take place in February
  • The Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia is organising the second ECENA national training on February 4-5, 2010 in the city of Veles. The training is targeted at 25 environmental inspectors and permit writers. The focus is on inspections and the implementation of the European Parliament and Council Recommendation on Minimum Criteria for Environmental Inspections.

    More details:

    Contact details:

    Mr. Zoran Dimovski


    State Environmental Inspector
    State Environmental Inspectorate
    Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning
    Bitola Branch Office
    Blvd. 1st May
    Bitola 7000


    Jan 19, 2010
  • NECEMA annual meeting to take place in February
  • The Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement in the Maghreb (NECEMA) will hold its annual plenary meeting on February 22-23, 2010, to evaluate implementation activities and to elect a new chair. The meeting will take place in Marrakech, Morocco.

    For more details please visit NECEMA’s webpage.


    Jan 15, 2010
  • Launch of the ECENA online discussion forum
  • The ECENA Secretariat team is proud to announce that the ECENA discussion forum is now fully operational. The development of the forum is part of the activities of the Multi-annual Work Programme for 2007-2010 and is supported by the EC CARDS Regional Programme. Endorsement for developing the communication tool was given at the fourth plenary meeting held in October 2009.

    The main objectives are to:

    • further enhance the flow of useful information on specific topics;
    • reinforce networking by allowing easy and open peer-to-peer discussion; and
    • provide a readily available medium for feedback on the ongoing activities of ECENA and other networks.

    We would like to encourage you to use the forum as much as you can to discuss among yourselves, and to disseminate it within your administrations. it can be used to announce national events, and the ECENA Secretariat will be using it to collect your opinions on current topics. You will see a thread already set up for the exchange programmes of 2010.



    Jan 5, 2010
  • [UPDATED] Call for contributions to the ECENA newsletter
  • The ECENA Secretariat is inviting all partners and beneficiaries to submit articles for the next issue of the newsletter “ECENA Experience”.

    Articles can cover any of the following topics:

    Please let us know the indicative topic you wish to cover in order to coordinate with other volunteers and to avoid any overlaps. Articles covering topics not listed above are also welcome and encouraged.

    Please keep articles between 250 and 500 words long. Send your completed drafts to LEC@REC.ORG, with a copy to, no later than Friday, January 15, 2010, by 4:30PM.

    Thank you.


    UPDATE1: The submission deadline has been extended to January 22, 2009.


    Oct 19, 2009
  • Training Manual for Environmental Inspectorates - National Trainings Guide
  • Back in 2003 (under BERCEN and financed by the EU), the Regional Environmental Center published the Training Manual for Environmental Inspectorates, a handbook that provides step-by-step guidance on how to improve environmental inspectorates’ internal capacity and planning, as well as background tips on how to organise a national training.

    This manual is still relevant and we encourage beneficiary countries to use it in their national activities.

    Front Page of the Training Manual

    Oct 6, 2009
  • Fourth network plenary meeting, Brussels
  • The final preparations for the ECENA plenary meeting have been concluded. The ECENA Secretariat looks forward to welcoming all participants in Brussels next Monday.

    Please see the final agenda.

    For aditional details please visit the meeting website.

    Oct 2, 2009
  • Launch of the newsletter
  • The ECENA Secretariat is delighted to announce the launch of a newsletter as a way to improve internal and external communication.
    The main objectives of the newsletter are to:
    - provide a clear round-up of recent events under the ECENA MAP; and
    - engage ECENA members in dialogue by inviting their contributions to the newsletter.
    “ECENA Experience” will be published biannually; the next issue is planned for February 2010. The newsletter will be circulated electronically and a limited number of printed copies will be produced per issue.
    For the first issue, we would like to thank Croatia, Serbia and Turkey for their contributions, as well as IMPEL and INECE for their support and cooperation.

    Please find the newsletter available for download here.

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