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Most of the work within IMPEL is done through projects. On this page all IMPEL projects can be found, including a link to the related documents. To start, use the menu on the left sidebar to modify your search.

IMPEL-TFS Prosecutor Project, phase 2

  • Number: 2013/24
  • Status: Finalised
  • Period: 2013
The compliance deficit of the Basel Convention and the European Waste Shipment Regulation (1013/2006) or ‘WSR’ is very serious and past experience indicates that we are dealing with organised crime in many cases. Figures indicate that about 20% of all waste shipments are in violation. Prosecution of environmental crime is a national competence. The differences in approach and the number of convictions in European countries are significant. There appears to be a lack of communication between...
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  • Lead Country:
  • Netherlands

IMPEL-TFS Best Practice meeting 2013

  • Number: 2013/23
  • Status: Finalised
  • Period: 2013
International cooperation and alignment is very important when it comes to the enforcement of the European Waste Shipment Regulation (WSR) (EC) No 1013/2006. Previous IMPEL-TFS projects have shown that it is important to work together as competent authorities. The enforcement deficit of the EU waste shipment regulation remains challenge. To improve the collaboration and alignment of enforcement, frequent contact between the European enforcement authorities is necessary. Therefore it would be very...
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  • Lead Country:
  • Netherlands and Czech Republic

IMPEL TFS Enforcement Actions III

  • Number: 2013/22
  • Status: Running
  • Period: 2013
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...

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  • Lead Country:
  • UK (Scotland)

IMPEL – Third Country Collaboration

  • Number: 2013/21
  • Status: Finalised
  • Period: 2013
Large amounts of post-consumer wastes such as electronic wastes, mixed plastics, waste tyres and ELVs are being exported from Europe to the other parts of the world, mainly Asia and Africa. Recent repatriation cases also show illegal exports of waste from the EU to South America. Many exports take place with the alleged intent of re-use or recycling but often result in residual hazardous materials being disposed of in an environmentally unsound manner. The only way to verify the final destination...
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  • Lead Country:
  • Sweden

Waste Shipments and Management Conference 2013

  • Number: 2013/20
  • Status: Finalised
  • Period: 2013
The projects and activities of the TFS cluster are based on the European Waste Shipment Regulation (EC) Nº 1013/2006 (WSR). Being a Regulation and including a cross-border aspect, it is of high importance to have an active and practical European network of inspectors and regulators that meet on a regular basis to exchange practical experiences. Not only environmental inspectors, but also Customs and Police officers and the Judiciary. Ongoing IMPEL-TFS projects continue to show the need for establishing...
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  • Lead Country:
  • Netherlands & TFS Secretariat

Waste Sites II

  • Number: 2013/19
  • Status: Finalised
  • Period: 2013
This project is based on the experiences derived from the first Waste Sites project of 2011-2012 which confirmed the assumption that in order to control illegal waste exports from the EU more effectively – notably of e-waste and end-of-life vehicles – it is important to target the sources of these waste streams and the “upstream” facilities where the waste is collected, stored and/or treated before the export. In particular, the...
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  • Lead Country:
  • Germany

Contributing to the elimination of the illegal killing, trapping and trade of birds

  • Number: 2013/18
  • Status: Finalised
  • Period: 2013
Halting and reversing the loss of biodiversity by 2020 is a priority within the European Union. The implementation of EU Nature legislation (the Birds and Habitat Directives) is essential to achieve the EU 2020 biodiversity target. However, implementation and enforcement need to be improved. A relatively high number of complaints and infringement procedures related to these nature Directives reach the EC every year. There is a lot of work to be done if we want to reach the goals for 2020: only 17%...
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  • Lead Country:
  • Netherlands & European Commission

Building up IMPEL nature conservation capacities

  • Number: 2013/17
  • Status: Finalised
  • Period: 2013
This project aims to develop capacity within IMPEL and to join forces with other networks to stimulate the inspection and enforcement of the Nature directives. Objectives of the project include:
  1. Mapping of existing EU networks related to the promotion of implementation (e.g. EU Habitats and Ornis committees, ENCA-European Network of Nature conservation Agencies, Europol …)
  2. The level of implementation and enforcement of the Habitats and Birds Directives within these organisations...

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  • Lead Country:
  • Czech Republic

Achieving better compliance in the agricultural sector through networking and partnership working of environmental and agricultural inspectorates

  • Number: 2013/16
  • Status: Running
  • Period: 2013
The European Commission identified this project area as a priority to IMPEL during a joint meeting in Brussels on 14/09/12.  They highlighted that there are poor levels of compliance with the Water Framework Directive (diffuse pollution & illegal abstraction) and the Nitrates Directive and that a gap has been identified between “environmental” and “agricultural” inspectorates. As a result they wished to see enhanced networking of different regulatory agencies to achieve higher levels...
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  • Lead Country:
  • Denmark and UK (Scotland)

Compliance assurance through company compliance management systems, phase 2

  • Number: 2013/15
  • Status: Running
  • Period: 2013
In many countries industrial companies are supervised by authorities who regularly carry out site inspections and perform other “traditional” compliance checks like assessing emissions reports. But how effective and efficient are these output oriented supervision activities in terms of achieving good compliance with environmental regulation or even environmental performance beyond compliance? Bigger (multinational) companies who have internal environmental and safety management systems in place...
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  • Lead Country:
  • Netherlands