Earlier this year, the European Commission launched the Environmental Compliance Assurance initiative. This initiative sets out actions to support Member States in how they promote, monitor and enforce compliance by economic operators and other duty-holders with EU environment law.
During a stakeholders conference on 31 of January, followed by a workshop on tackling waste and wildlife crime and non-compliance which took place on 20 March, IMPEL was invited to draft a position paper contributing to the initiative and providing input for the Action Plan.
The position paper identifies 6 areas where IMPEL could play a role, namely:
- Build strategic relationships
- Understand the implementation challenges of environmental laws and regulations
- Develop and build capacity of environmental regulators
- Establish a European knowledge and innovation centre for practitioners
- Coordinate inspection and enforcement actions with transboundary relevance
- Formalising the feedback loop
- IMPEL’s position paper on Environmental Compliance Assurance
- Commission’s roadmap
- Commission’s webpage on environmental inspections