This June, an IMPEL review initiative (IRI) was carried out in the Slovak Republic. The so called IRI is a voluntary peer review where environmental authorities of IMPEL member countries help each other to improve the implementation of EU environmental law.
Initiated by Robert Ruzicka (Slovak Environmental Inspectorate DG), on 25 – 28 June 2019 the Slovak Republic hosted an IRI expert team, lead by Tony Liebregts (IRI Team Leader), in Bratislava. The scope of the IRI was IED (Industrial Emissions Directive) Permitting and Inspection. Informal reviews and discussions covered the tasks of the Slovak HQ – IED department and regional IED divisions.
The IMPEL inspectors highlighted the strong focus on international cooperation within the Slovak Environmental Inspectorate (SEI). The very open relationship with Industry and the great interest in the involvement of Industry, public and NGO’s in the work of SEI were recognised as good practice examples. In addition, some opportunities for development were identified, such as a recommendation to formalise standard permit conditions, to develop a methodological approach for permitting and to explore if reformation of the SEI would be expedient to become more effective in the future. IMPEL offered to support SEI in this, if desired.
In general, SEI very positively appreciated the added value of the discussions and recommendations based on the Slovak IRI. SEI will prepare a strategy for further development based on the advice of the IMPEL inspectors. SEI also feels to be committed to support IMPEL and its members and offers to co-participate in IMPEL projects with other members. SEI strongly believes that the best practice exchange and support of the cooperation around the European community are without a doubt the key pillars we have to build on.
For more information:
Tony Liebregts (IRI team leader): firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert Ruzicka (DG SEI): email@example.com