Subcategories Project status:
Enforcement Actions Interim Project
- Number: 2011/25
- Status: Finalised
- Period: 2011
- Lead Country: UK (Scotland)
Project team countries:
Scotland, Northern Ireland and The Netherlands
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, Croatia, Norway and Turkey.
The objectives of this project are:
- To work towards an adequate level of inspections in all Member States and a consistent level of enforcement at all exit points of the EU;
- Promote site inspections at points of loading and encourage a cradle-to-grave approach to inspection to minimise illegal shipments;
- To verify waste destination and the treatment at their destination within or outside Europe;
- To provide an easily accessible European enforcement project for all Member States, and encourage them to co-operate;
- To detect illegal shipments and deter future ones through effective communication and guidance;
- To facilitate take-back procedures after an illegal shipment has taken place;
- To maintain and improve the network of front line inspectors, inspection methods, exchange of information and knowledge;
- Demonstrate that the Member States take the enforcement of the WSR seriously; and
- Handover Enforcement Actions project.
The Waste Shipment Regulation (1013/2006/EC) requires Member States to inspect shipments of waste and to co-operate with each other. The Enforcement Actions project was set up for the following reasons:
- Some Member States expressed the need for a formalised project framework in order to integrate this with the enforcement inspections in their own countries;
- International cooperation is essential to tackle international environmental problems; and
- The network of enforcers in the field should be maintained and extended to cover all Member States.