Background / Objectives
The amount of waste is increasing year by year within the Member States of the European Union. Each year 1.3 billion tonnes of waste are produced by the citizen of the European Union, of which 40 millions are classified as hazardous waste.
The environmental policy of the European Commission intends to set standards for the handling, transport, treatment and disposal of waste in order to reduce the negative effects to human health and to the environment.
Whenever possible waste shall be treated, recycled, reused, recovered
or disposed close to the location where it emerges. However treatment
and disposal facilities are often not available within the same
country and waste is transported over long distances to other available
or more suitable facilities.
Directive 2006/12/EC on waste (Article 5 - Principles)
The European Legislation related to the control
of transboundary movements of waste, especially the new Regulation
(EC) No 1013/2006 on shipments of waste, contains a number of
measures to prevent illegal shipment of waste, including the obligations
for Member States to carry out inspections and spot checks as well
as to cooperate in this respect with other MS. The new Regulation
replaced the Council Regulation (EEC) No 259/93 and has to be applied
since July 2007.
In this context one of the highest priority of the European waste management policy is the prevention of illegal waste transports and to support cooperation and information transfer.
Within the events national and regional experts
are given the possibility to receive information and exchange experiences
and to identify possibilities for further improvements within their
The workshop aims at information and knowledge
exchange and elaboration of solutions of competent authorities and
all experts involved in the waste management. Each event shall deal
with the current status notification and control procedures and
stimulate cooperation initiatives and joint action by the authorities
concerned. Particularly the objectives of the awareness-raising
events are the following:
- Analyse the current state of implementation and enforcement of the new
Regulation (EC) 1013/2006;
- Explore and discuss current problems with the new Regulation as well as
difficulties in control and obstacles to the cooperation between the relevant
- Exchange knowledge and provide examples of best practice concerning
the enforcement and cooperation;
- Discuss possible solutions for improved cooperation within each Member State
as well as between Member States, and possibilities for joint inspections and
other joint actions involving two or several Member States
BiPRO is in charge for organising, realising and post-processing the events. Within the contract BiPRO will carry out administrative and organisational tasks (setting of schedules, invitations, enrolment procedure etc.) as well as preparing thematic contributions to the events. The events will be organised in close cooperation with the national authorities within each country and with the European Commission (DG Environment).