Number: 2015/22 - 2016/22 - 2017/28 - 2018/22 - 2019/20
Terms of Reference
- IRI Report – Netherlands (DCMR – 2014)
- IRI Report – Czech Republic (2015)
- IRI Report – Kosovo* (2015)
- IRI Report – Austria (2016)
- IRI Report – Italy (2016 – Green IRI)
- IRI Report – Turkey (2016)
- IRI Report – Cyprus (2017)
- IRI Report – Azores (2018)
- IRI Report – Slovenia (2018)
- IRI Report – Slovakia (2019)
Project description and aims
The IRI scheme is a voluntary scheme providing for informal reviews of environmental authorities in IMPEL Member countries. It was set up to implement the European Parliament and Council Recommendation (2001/331/EC) providing for minimum criteria for environmental inspections (RMCEI), where it states:
“Member States should assist each other administratively in operating this Recommendation. The establishment by Member States in cooperation with IMPEL of reporting and advice schemes relating to inspectorates and inspection procedures would help to promote best practice across the Community.”
The potential benefits of the IRI include:
- providing advice to environmental authorities seeking an external review of their structure, operation or performance by experts from other IMPEL member countries;
- encouraging capacity building in environmental authorities in IMPEL member countries;
- encouraging the exchange of experience and collaboration between these authorities on common issues and problems;
- spreading good practice leading to improved quality of the work of inspectors and other officials working within environment authorities and contributing to continuous improvement of quality and consistency of application of environmental law across the EU (“the level playing-field”).
Member states that host an IRI will benefit from an expert review of its systems and procedures with particular focus on conformity with the RMCEI. The participants in the review team will broaden and deepen their knowledge and understanding of environmental inspection procedures. Other Member States will benefit through the dissemination of the findings of the review through the IMPEL network.
Yearly a number of IMPEL member countries volunteer for an IRI programme. In 2014 IRIs were performed in the Netherlands, Malta and Romania; and in 2015 in Kosovo* and Czech Republic.
(*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.)
In 2016 IRIs were performed in in Turkey, Italy and Austria.
Lead country and contact
- The Netherlands