Workshop on Benchmarking and Setting Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Indicators29-30 March, 2007, Szentendre, Hungary. Progress Monitoring in the environmental sector in Montenegro - Project Overview and Methodology- Biljana Djurovic Dragan Asanovic Ministry of tourism and environmental protection Montenegro
Benchmarking • The MoTEP does not have parameters for benchmarking in environmental compliance and enforcement. • The MoTEP is not useing benchmarking in environmental compliance and enforcement polices. • The MoTEP does not collect data that would help to promote best practices.
Progress Monitoring Project DG Environment has signed a contract with the Danish consultancy firm COWI to start, for the first time, implementation of DG Environment’s long-time project for progress monitoring in the environmental sector in Montenegro. The overall objective of this project is to assist both, the Commission and Montenegro with tracking,assessing and documenting progress in approximation in the environmental area.
Background - the EC perspective… • Progress Monitoring Project has assisted DG ENV to contribute to the reports since 1998 • EC reports each year to Council on progress made by candidate in their preparation for accession • Current countries covered: candidate (Croatia, Turkey, Macedonia) and pre-candidate countries (B&H, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania)
PHASE I PHASE • collection of the information on progress in transposition and implementation on the basis of “Tables of Concordance” and “Implementation Questionnaires”, one each for the selected number of environmental Directives. • The basic input in this project phase will be provided by staff from Ministry tourism and environment and other ministries and agencies with responsibility for Directives which were covered by this Project. • COWI will guide and assist the responsible staff in process filling in the ToCs and IQs. II PHASE • The second phase involves assessment by COWI of the status of transposition and implementation on the basis of the information and data which will be generated. The assessment will take the form of a progress Monitoring Country report. That report will be available to us for comments before finalization.
Importance of the Project • For candidate countries: • Tools and support for tracking progress in accession preparations, including in transposition and implementation of environmental law • For "pre-candidates": • A way of getting started with the exercise for a limited number of Directives, expanding to full scale in the near future
Importance of the project…(ctd.) • For the Commission: • Support for DG ENV in collecting up-to-date information on the status of accession preparedness in the environment sector • For the EC + EC delegations and EAR operational offices to identify the tasks and needs also in terms of future EU support
Tools for tracking progress in approximation • Tools: Tables of Concordance (TOCs) Implementation Questionnaires (IQs) • Guidance in Progress Monitoring Manual
What are you expected to do? • Fill out TOC’s and IQ’s • Always provide the latest information available! • TOC’s: adoption of laws, stages in legislative process, national legislation • IQ’s: plans, infrastructure, budget, competent authorities • Ensure effective coordination per sector • Review / update the draft PM Reports
Scope of Progress Monitoring Seven sectors covered: • Horizontal, Air, Waste, Water, Nature, IPC, Chemicals.
Scope - directives and regulations covered…. • Horizontal: EIA, SEA, Environmental Information, Public Participation • Air: Ambient Air Quality, Limit Values for SO2, NOx etc, Benzene and Carbon Monoxide, Ozone in Ambient Air, Arsenic etc. in ambient air, • Waste: Waste, Hazardous Waste, Sewage Sludge, Packaging Waste, Landfill, Waste Incineration, Waste Shipment Regulation • Water: Water Framework,Urban Waste Water, Drinking Water, Nitrates, Shellfish Water • Nature: Wild Birds, Habitats • IPC: IPPC, COMAH, Large Combustion Plants • Chemicals: Dangerous Substances, Risk Assessment Regulation, Import and Export of Dangerous Chemicals Regulation, Biocides, Contained Use of GMMs, Deliberate release of GMOs
Why are these selected? Criteria behind selection: • All major pieces of horizontal legislation • Framework legislation (waste, water, air, IPPC) • Investment-heavy directives • Some country specific issues…
Progress Monitoring Tools - TOCs • Article no. of EU obligation/requirement – is filled in • EU Obligation – abbreviated version of Article text is filled in • Existing national law – to be filled in if transposing legislation has been adopted and is in force already • give full title and full legal citation of relevant legal act • Attach legislation if ENGLISH translation exists, or link to website etc.
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