Terms of Reference
Project description and aims
Besides the IMPEL Review Inititative (IRI), founded on the cooperation of IMPEL Members, from different Members States (MS), to foster the process of implementation of the European Environmental Legislation through a peer-to-peer approach, more than one MS feels the need to deploy an instrument based on the same ‘peer-to-peer concept’ at the national network level or (sub) regional level.
Public responsibilities for the implementation of the European Union (EU) environmental acquis at a national level are often implemented at a decentralised level (e.g. provinces, regions and municipalities), or through a network of “sister organisations”. Additionally, offices of the same central body, distributed over the country, can have the responsibilities for implementation, based on the principle of territorial competence. This situation constitutes a potential problem at a national level, on the one hand because it generates differences in citizens’ services in the environmental field, on the other hand because it may constitute a strong drag in the implementation of the EU environmental law in terms of homogeneity and harmonisation.
This project aims to set the basis for a better understanding of the common needs within the network (e.g. training, common rules and documents, type of instruments and technical support) and to determine mutual help that could be delivered within or by the national network to achieve these results.
- Analysis and report on the experiences already in place, comparison of aims, techniques and instruments.
- Development of a team of experts able to foster NPRI activities in other IMPEL member organisations and countries.
- Conference / workshop of NPRI experiences.