Recent ENPE activities
EC Directorate-general's for Environment launches Environmental Complaince Assurance initiatve
The European Commission's Directorate-general recently confirmed their adoption of a 9-point action plan to increase compliance with, and improve guidance on EU environmental legislation. The actions will be implemened over 2018-19 with the help of European Environmental enforcement networks, including ENPE. Delivery of the actions involved a newly-established, high level expert group, The Environmental Compliance and Governance forum. For more details on the initiative please see the documents enclosed below.
Celebrating IMPEL's 25th anniversary
The European Union Network for the Implementation and Enforcement of Environmental Law - IMPEL - is an international non-profit association made up of european environmental authorities, and one of ENPE's key partners. Like ENPE, IMPEL is registered in Belgium with its legal seat in Brussels, and comprises members representing organisations from across the EU member states as well as non-EU countries. It was established in 1992 at a meeting in Chester, England, as an informal network representing 12 countries. A period of growth has seen it now boast 51 members from 36 different countries, as it continues to make progress on its objective of more effective application of environmental legislation. Its collaborative work with other organisations, including ENPE, is significant and widely recognised. For more information about the network, including a summary of its activities over the past 25 years, please go to: https://www.impel.eu/impel-25-years-celebration-infographic/
EU environmental enforcement networks sign historic Memorandum of Understanding
At our recent annual conference, the EU Environmental Crime Enforcement Networks conference, held at Magdalen College on 20 & 21 September 2017, and in the presence of the EU Directorate General of Environment and the European Union Forum of Judges for the Environment (EUFJE), an historic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by the Chairs of the three enforcement networks hosting the conference: ENPE; IMPEL and EnviCrimeNet.
This MoU, and its signing is a clear statement of intent from all three networks in their concerted action in the fight against environmental crime, and the strengthening in the chain of compliance to ensure effective environmental protection across europe. The EU hailed this signing as a necessary step in ensuring a common vision in tackling environmental crime, and delivering greater compliance assurance across Europe.
Capitalisation & Gap-filling report published and available for download; April 2017
The LIFE-ENPE Capitalisation and Gap-filling report, which analyses existing information on the prosecution of enviornmental crimes and associated activity across Europe (LIFE-ENPE Action A1), has been published and is available for download (please see pdf below). The report draws on information gathered via prosecution and sentencing statistics, corresponding with prosecutors and legal literature reviews of the 28 European Unions Member Statesto present a baseline analysis of "what we know about environmental crime, and crucially, how it is actually being tackled by prosecutors and judges across Europe".
ENPE activities archive
Strategic Meeting in the Hague November 27-28 2013
ENPE and EUROJUST co-hosted a meeting called: Towards an enhanced coordination of environmental crime prosecutions across the EU: The role of Eurojust in The Hague The meeting brought specialised prosecutors from 27 countries in the EU and EFTA together. Eurojust has a key role in coordinating cross border criminal investigations in the EU. The help EUROJUST can offer in environmental investigations is described here.
The meeting was considered a success. The topics of the conference were severe organised crimes in trading in endangered species, illegal waste trafficking and water pollution.
Read the agenda as a PDF-file here.
Read the report Strategic Project on Environmental Crime as a PDF-file here.
EU Environmental Enforcement Networks Conference May 12-13 2016
For the first time, four key European Environment Networks 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.
A high level of environmental protection is one of the fundamental objectives of the EU. The four networks all share the same aim of contributing to improving good implementation and enforcement of EU law that results in the safeguarding of health and our citizens well being.
Working with their key partner, the European Commission, this conference has provided a forum for highlighting common challenges and practical solutions whilst examining case studies that help the less experienced to learn from more experienced practitioners.
The organising partner networks in their closing statement reaffirmed the value of always seeking to make the polluter pay and tracking down and recovering the proceeds of crime; and that they are optimistic about the future of our networks and our ability to provide a strong response, as regards punishment and deterrence to those who might contemplate involvement in environmental crime.
They recommended that European enforcement projects with strong elements of capacity building and training as well as the sharing of information are key practical steps going forward to improve the compliance chain.
Read the press release here.
ENPE aisbl Board Members signing - July 4th 2016
Before being incorporated as an International Non-profit Association (ENPE inpa or ENPE aisbl in French), the Board Members had to sign to confirm their position in this new organisation. This event took place on July the 4th at Scotland House in Brussels, and preceded the provision of Royal Decree to incorporate the new association (ENPE aisbl) as a registered non-profit association in Belgium. The first ENPE aisbl Board meeting took place in Brussels on October the 14th.
EUFJE Annual conference - Tribunalul Bucuresti, Bucharest, Romania, November 18th & 19th 2016
ENPE were represented at the EUFJE Annual Conference in Bucharest by LIFE-ENPE Project Manager Shaun Robinson, who provided a presentation on the ENPE Life project to the international group of judges who had gathered from across Europe. Full programme details and the pre-conference questionniaire are available below and from the EUFJE website.