Regional seminar on risk-based approaches to environmental compliance assurance

The Regional seminar with the Eastern Partnership countries on risk-based approaches to environmental compliance assurance took place on 25 November 2020 via Zoom platform.

This seminar facilitated the sharing of experiences and good practices from OECD and the Eastern Partnership economies in adopting risk-based approaches to environmental compliance assurance, exploring commonly encountered challenges and methods to support voluntary compliance. In addition to a discussion of methodologies, it also aimed to take stock of the most recent developments and priorities in the field of environmental compliance assurance in the Eastern Partnership countries.

Participants included representatives from the Eastern Partnership countries, the European Union Network for the Implementation and Enforcement of Environmental Law (IMPEL) and OECD member countries.

Background

Risk-based approaches to environmental compliance assurance can increase the effectiveness of assurance activities such as inspections while economising resources. The EU Industrial Emissions Directive adheres to this approach. Nevertheless, they also carry challenges such as ensuring that lower risk installations have enough incentives to be compliant with environmental regulations, making the successful promotion of voluntary compliance an important component. The six EU Eastern Partnership countries are committed to transitioning to a green economy and are at various stages of reforming their environmental compliance assurance systems. The European Union for Environment (EU4Environment) Action aims to support their reform priorities with the goal of strengthening their environmental compliance assurance systems and liability regimes.

Meeting documents:

Agenda (English | Russian)

Background note (English| Russian)

Summary Record (English | Russian)

Presentation slides:

Item 3. Approaches to environmental compliance assurance in the Eastern Partnership region

Sharing experience on benefits and challenges of risk-based approaches in Armenia (Mr Vrezh Galoyan)

Environmental Protection Inspectorate in Moldova: Institutional reforms, obligations and results (Mr Igor Pshenichnii)

Item 4. Examples of international approaches and methodologies used for risk-based environmental compliance assurance

Environmental compliance promotion and risk based tools (Mr Duncan Giddens)

Lessons learnt about risk-based approaches (Mr Simon Bingham)

Doing the Right Things methodology (Mr Rob Kramers)

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