Network of Heads of Environment Protection Agencies – 16th meeting.
Malta, 28-29 March 2011
The Network of Heads of Environment Protection Agencies held its 16th plenary meeting in
The 56 participants represented 29 national environmental organisations from 25 European countries and the European Environment Agency. We were also pleased to welcome Mr Karl Falkenberg and Liam Cashman from DG Environment.
The meeting was opened by Mr Ian Stafrace, the Chief Executive of the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA)
In the first session, Karl Falkenberg gave an overview of the Commission priorities in the field of environment. Members were able to have an informal discussion with the Director General on topics ranging from resource efficiency to water and implementation issues.
The Better Regulation Interest Group had provided a draft response to the Commission consultation on 6EAP and this was agreed and finalised after the meeting. It is now available online: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/newprg/consult_2011.htm
There was a discussion on the Network contribution to the Green Economy.
The EEA provided a summary of results from a preliminary analysis of national resource efficiency policies and instruments across
MEPA gave an introduction to the country of
MEPA also introduced the water survey analysis. The survey on EU water policy focussed on national set up, overview of different agencies, positive and negative impacts, implementation costs and looked at possible improvements to future EU water policy. There was a discussion of the results of the report and on water issues of interest to the agencies. It was agreed that the Better Regulation Interest Group would look into these issues in more detail.
The EPA secretary provided an overview of the work of the network and on actions since the last meeting. A survey on the differing roles of the EPAs was also presented.
The European Commission provided a short overview of its better regulation activities, including a proposed Communication on implementation. This will have two main themes 1) Governance structure and 2) Knowledge base.
The Better Regulation Interest Group informed members about the recent meeting in
The Interest group on Climate Change and Adaptation held a meeting in
The Interest Group on GMOs is a joint EPA Network/ ENCA group. The group will provide a report on monitoring – to be sent to all members for discussion at the next plenary meeting.
The Interest Group on International cooperation has not been active recently but it could be timely to simplify and update the survey on international activities as there seems to be increased interest in this information.
On internal matters, Will Fawcett was presented as the new secretary. The meeting considered an evaluation of the roles of the different Interest Groups and also possibilities for future work of the secretariat.
On new and emerging issues the Austrian Environment Agency informed the members about the EUROPE Vision 2050 initiative which is being carried out together with UBA Germany.
The network had also received a letter from the Director of ICPDR (Committee for Protection of the
The 17th EPA Network plenary will take place in
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