Promoting a consistent approach to prosecuting environmental crimes across Europe. 

LIFE-ENPE Project Wildlife Crime Working Group Workshop for Government Prosecutors on the Illegal Killing, Taking and Trade of Migratory Birds in the Mediterranean Region Segovia, Spain, May 9-11, 2018
2017 EU Environmental Crime Enforcement Conference, Magdalen College, Oxford, UK
Prosecution for killing critically endangered birds
Landmark Irish prosecution €20 million fine
Wildife Crime

Wildlife Crime

A working group exploring the major issues of interpretation, practical application, evidence gathering and quantification of damage to the environment that hinder efficient and effective prosecution...

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Waste Crime

Waste Crime

A working group exploring the major causes of non-compliance with the Waste Shipment Regulation (1013/2006) and the issues these create for efficient and effective prosecution and adjudication.

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Air Pollution

Air Pollution

The Air Pollution working group was set up to explore the various issues experienced by prosecutors arising from non-compliance with industrial emissions and major accident hazard laws across Europe.

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Cross-Cutting

Cross-Cutting

The Sanctioning, Prosecution and Judicial Practice working group is building on recent studies into the range of criminal and administrative enforcement responses in use throughout Europe.

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LIFE-ENPE Project Wildlife Crime Working Group Workshop for Government Prosecutors on the Illegal Killing, Taking and Trade of Migratory Birds in the Mediterranean Region Segovia, Spain, May 9-11, 2018

Workshop delegates pictured outside of the workshop venue, CENEAM, Valsain, Segovia

This workshop, which was held jointly with the UNEP Convention on Migratory Species, and Chaired by Lars Magnusson (ENPE Board member and LIFE-ENPE Wildlife Working Group chair), was attended by 37 delegates and speakers in total, coming from 16 different countries across Europe and Mediterranean region, including Israel, Tunisia, Egypt and Algeria. The venue was the Centro Nacional de Educaion Ambiental (CENEAM), in Valsain near Segovia, Spain. Set in the peaceful surroundings of the Sierra de Guadarrama National Park.

Landmark Irish prosecution €20 million fine

In October 2015 the Dublin Circuit Court fined a landfill operator €20 million for nuisance odours and pollution offences.  This ground-breaking prosecution on behalf of the Irish Environmental Protection Agency helps send an important deterrent message to environmental criminals.

2017 EU Environmental Crime Enforcement Conference, Magdalen College, Oxford, UK

ENPE Conferences

The first  ENPE conference was held on 27-28 November 2013 in The Hague. ENPE's second conference was held on 12-13 May 2016 in Utrecht, the Netherlands, which brought together four networks, the Network for the Implementation and Enforcement of EU Environmental Law (IMPEL), The European Network of Prosecutors for the Environment (ENPE), The EU Forum of Judges for the Environment (EUFJE), and a pan-European network of police officers focusing on tackling environmental crime (EnviCrimeNet). Follow this link for more detail: http://complianceconference.eu/

We organised and hosted our most recent conference, on 20 & 21 September 2017, once again together with IMPEL and EnviCrimeNet, at Magdalen College, Oxford - the EU Environmental Crimes Enforcement Networks Conference 2017. 155 delegates attended from across Europe and further afield including China, USA, Canada and Australia with 38 presentations delivered over 2 days of plenary and breakout sessions. An historic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by the three enforcing networks who were hosting the conference, and witnessed by representatives from EUFJE and the EU Directorate General for Environment. This MoU will commit the enforcement networks to strengthening the chain of compliance in the fight against environmental crime. Please see below for the conference programme (pdf

Please find below a link here to all of the presentations:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/410jmogur5s6wnh/AACVoRR4Fe7w60lp3l6BuUaUa?dl=0 

 

Our next conference is planned for 23 & 24 October 2018, to be held jointly with the Life Reason for Hope project; Life Natura-themis project and the IMPEL Water Pollution Crimes Working Group at the Heraklion Museum of Hatural History in Heraklion, Crete. The conference will focus on the protection of endangered specis and habitats and the programme is quickly filling up with plenary sessions covering global and international initiatives to tackle wildlife crimes, together with specialist break-out sessions focussing on species protection and examples of successful cases against damage to habitats. The IMPEL Water Pollution Crimes Working Group will be running a parallel workshop at the same venue on the second day (24 October 2018) to present and discuss their findings. 

 

ENPE General Meetings

The 2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held in Utrecht at the same time and at the same venue as the Annual conference. It was pleasing to see so many Members attending. Our next General Meeting was an Extraordinary General Meeting to complete the incorporation of ENPE as an International Non-profit Association (ENPE aisbl) on 14 October 2016. Our 2017 Annual General Meeting was held at the EU Environmental Crimes Enforcement Networks Conference on 20 September 2017 at Magdalen College, Oxford, UK. All ENPE Members and Observers and those attending the AGM will have received copies of the minutes. We have also included the AGM minutes, together with the President's and Vice-Presiden't report for 2017 below (pdfs).

Partner Conferences

Our ENPE Life Project Partners, EUFJE, held their 2017 annual conference in Merton College, Oxford on 22 & 23 September 2017. More details, including the conference programme and presentations, will be available from the EUFJE website: www.eufje.org in due course

 

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ENPE Background

In September 2012, in Brussels, representatives from prosecuting bodies in seven European countries came together to establish the European Network of Prosecutors for the Environment (ENPE). The meeting was attended by representatives from the Environment Agency for England, and from similar bodies in Sweden, France, Belgium, Ireland and Germany.

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Become a Member

This website is designed to increase collaboration between environmental prosecutors and to improve the way environmental crime is prosecuted across Europe. Membership is open to any organisation involved in prosecuting environmental crime across Europe. Please follow the link below to learn more about how you can gain access to this resource.

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