28 November 2016
On 22 November 2016, George Hope (SEPA) met with the Environment Agency's Shaun Robinson and Peter Ashford representing the European Network of Prosecutors for the Environment (ENPE) to sign a formal Declaration of Cooperation between the ENPE and LIFE SMART Waste projects.
The declaration defines the scope of cooperation between the projects, both of which are co-financed by the European Union (EU) under the LIFE Financial Instrument, and confirms the willingness of each to cooperate to provide mutual support and exchange of experiences in issues connected with administrative, financial, information and communication tasks. The declaration is valid for the period of each project's implementation.
ENPE is an active network of environmental prosecutors open to membership from organisations involved in the criminal prosecution of environmental law. ENPE is a pan-European multi-partner network and its purpose is to promote the enforcement of environmental criminal law in Europe. It aims to support the day-to-day work of environmental prosecutors, to enable them to better tackle environmental crime and it seeks to achieve this through training, knowledge-sharing, co-operation and instilling best practices across Europe. For the duration of the project (July 2015 to July 2020), ENPE has an ambitious work programme focusing on 4 key areas:
- wildlife crime
- waste crime
- air pollution (chemicals)
- prosecution and sanctioning practices
It is anticpated that the cooperation between the projects will deliver synergies in the work being undertaken to address waste crime within the EU.
For further information about the ENPE project, visit: www.environmentalprosecutors.eu
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