Subcategories Project status:
- Number: 2010/02
- Status: Finalised
- Period: 2010
- Lead Country: Romania
Project team countries:
Austria, France, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, UK
This particular IRI focuses on the following aspects:
- the legal and constitutional setting of the inspectorate
- structure and managerial organisation, including funding, staffing and lines of authority and responsibility for regulatory and policy functions,
- qualifications, skills and experience of inspection staff,
- procedures for the execution and reporting of routine and non-routine inspections,
- procedures for assessment of training needs and provisions for training and maintaining current awareness,
- procedures, criteria and guidance for the development and revision of inspection plans and inspection schedules,
- setting the priorities for IPPC installations: the evaluation aspects, the risk assessment and classifications of risk,
- performance monitoring: evaluation of the output and where feasible environmental outcome of inspection activities. The arrangements for internal assessment of the quality of inspection performance and for improvement if appropriate,
- arrangements for reporting on inspectorate activities.
The IRI scheme is a voluntary scheme providing for informal reviews of environmental authorities in IMPEL Member countries. It was set up to implement the European Parliament and Council Recommendation (2001/331/EC) providing for minimum criteria for environmental inspections (RMCEI), where it states:
“Member States should assist each other administratively in operating this Recommendation. The establishment by Member States in cooperation with IMPEL of reporting and advice schemes relating to inspectorates and inspection procedures would help to promote best practice across the Community.”
The potential benefits of this scheme include:
- providing advice to environmental authorities seeking an external review of their structure, operation or performance by experts from other IMPEL Member Countries for the purpose of benchmarking and continuous improvement of their organisation
- encourageing capacity building in environmental authorities in IMPEL Member Countries
- encourageing the exchange of experience and collaboration between these authorities on common issues and problems
- spreading good practice leading to improved quality of the work of environmental authorities and contributing to continuous improvement of quality and consistency of application of environmental law across the EU (“the level playing-field”)
The scheme was renewed in 2009. The IRI in Romania will be done under new scheme and using the new questionnaire.
The review of the Regional Commisariat Cluj, part of the Romanian National Environmental Guard (NEG) will have the following benefits:
- the inspectorate will benefit from an expert review of its systems and procedures with particular focus on conformity with the RMCEI,
- the participants in the review team will broaden and deepen their knowledge and understanding of environmental inspection procedures
- other Member States will benefit through the dissemination of the findings of the review through the IMPEL network.
The inspectorate will in particular benefit from an expert review of the risk based planning of installations dealing with industrial pollution control, which is currently developed taking into account the criteria in the RMCEI and the IMPEL Guidance book on inspection planning »Doing the right things«.