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.
Promoting a consistent approach to prosecuting environmental crimes across Europe.
In September 2016 Italian prosecutors won a precedent case concerning illegal killing of Northern Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremita). This is of interest particularly for the collaborative approach to evidence gathering and successful prosecution, its wider context and the possibility of follow-on action it raises.
For the first time, four key European Environment Networks have joined together to host a conference, held 12 and 13 May 2016 in Utrecht, the Netherlands, of 194 participants from 35 countries in Europe with the explicit task of working to strengthen enforcement of EU environment and nature law and the compliance chain as a whole.
The first 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/
Our next conference will be on 20 & 21 September at Magdalen College, Oxford as one of the organising and hosting networks for the EU Environmental Crimes Enforcement Networks Conference 2017. We look forward to seeing you there.
ENPE General Meetings
The 2016 Annual General Meeting 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 will be held at the EU Environmental Crimes Enforcement Networks Conference at 18.00 hrs on 20 September 2017 at Magdalen College, Oxford, UK.
Our ENPE Life Project Partners, EUFJE, held their annual conference in Bucharest on 18 & 19 November 2016. More details, including the programme, are available under our 'Activities' section. Please do check this web-page for information on forthcoming conferences and events, including our next Annual Conference which is planned for 20 & 21 September 2017 in Oxford, England, UK.