Themis Network – Stage 2: Promoting regional cooperation in SEE via networking within the authorities responsible for the environment and justice sectors

Contract partner: REC - Regional Environmental Center - Hungary Country: Nachfolgestaaten Jugoslawiens, unspezifisch Funding amount: € 1.050.000,00 Project start: 01.10.2014 End: 30.09.2017

Short Description:

Overall goal

Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia, and Kosovo are facing major difficulties in the implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, resulting in inefficient environmental protection and loose natural resource management.

The proposed project, in the form of the platform for cooperation called THEMIS Network, is the follow-up of a successful ADC intervention and aims at strengthening regional cooperation via developed environmental law enforcement mechanisms targeting the environment and justice sectors, in line with the EU Accession process. The services proposed are tailored to the priorities of the beneficiary countries, as reflected in the Multi-Annual Work Programme for 2014-2016. The project includes Moldova to transfer knowledge and experience from the SEE region.

The project will enhance cross border regional cooperation, develop institutions and skills, and improve environmental governance through national cooperation between enforcement institutions in the THEMIS Network countries.

The main expected results are:

1) Enhanced cooperation and dialogue amongst stakeholders responsible for environmental law implementation and enforcement

2) Developed institutional capacities and knowledge transfer in the beneficiary institutions as regards natural resources management and combating environmental crimes

3) Developed multi-agency networking within the countries through experience and best practices exchange.

The project will directly involve 200 policymakers and legislators from Ministries of Justice and Environment, judges and prosecutors, as well as practitioners from the enforcement agencies attached to the Interior and Environment Ministries, with a spill-over effect to another 400 on minimum. It contributes to sustainable development in all the countries of the region, thus benefitting all relevant state institutions as well as the whole population.

project number 8284-01/2014
source of funding OEZA
sector Umweltschutz allgemein
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