Promoting a consistent approach to prosecuting environmental crimes across Europe. 

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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Recent Articles

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.

Prosecution for killing critically endangered birds

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.

EU Environmental Enforcement Networks Conference May 12-13 2016

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.

Upcoming Events

ENPE Conferences

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.

Partner Conferences

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.

 

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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