Recent Activities

This is where we will publish information about recent conferences and other activities. On the following page is information about the first conference and links to what Eurojust wrote about the conference that was arranged by Eurojust and co-hosted by ENPE 27-28 November 2013 in The Hague. In May 2016 we held a very successful conference with IMPEL, EUFJE and EnviCrimNet..

Capitalisation & Gap-filling report published and available for download

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".


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.