Law Development, Enforcement and Compliance

Networking and regional cooperation

The REC consolidated its assistance in EU environmental law implementation and enforcement, including natural resources management and the combating of environmental crimes through networking and regional cooperation.

The topic area was awarded the second phase of the Themis project with additional funding from the Austrian Development Agency (ADA). The Themis Network, a cooperation platform in the SEE region, continued to contribute to better regional mutual understanding and cross-border cooperation, and enhanced capacity in the region with respect to natural resources management, nature protection, forestry and the combating of environmental crimes via capacity development activities and internal networking. Through the efforts of the project team, as well as synergised activities, partnerships were reinforced with the International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (INECE), INTERPOL and the European Union Network for the Implementation and Enforcement of Environmental Law (IMPEL).

In parallel, the topic area continued its tasks as secretariat of the Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement in the Maghreb (NECEMA), organising a regional planning committee meeting in Rabat, preparing a fundraising plan and developing visibility and communication activities.

Sectoral issues

The topic area continued to provide technical assistance to the Serbian Ministry of Energy, Development and Environmental Protection within the project “Law Enforcement in the Field of Industrial Pollution Control, the Prevention of Chemical Accidents and the Establishment of the Eco-management and Audit Scheme (EMAS)”. The team worked on the implementation of best available techniques (BAT) and the drafting of guidance documents on the use of BREFs (BAT reference documents) for various topics.

In the framework of the Environment and Security Initiative (ENSVEC), the topic area carried out a country-based assessment on the risks of forest fires in the SEE region

Finally, with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the International Law Enforcement Academy in Budapest, the topic area co-organised and provided expert input to two trainings on the investigation and prosecution of environmental crimes.

Law Development, Enforcement and Compliance

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