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Successful RCC meeting in Albania positive about SPIDER WEB

Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) meeting participants welcomed SPIDER WEB project on detection and disruption of environmental crime in Western Balkans

On 2 July 2019, the 9th meeting of the Regional Working Group on Environment of the RCC was held in Tirana, Albania. The meeting was well attended by over 30 participants, representing the following organisations:

Ministries:

  • Ministry of Tourism and Environment (Albania)
  • Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning (Kosovo*)
  • Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning (Republic of North Macedonia)
  • Ministry of Environmental Protection (Serbia)

Partners:

  • Austrian Development Agency
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
  • Energy Community Secretariat
  • IMPEL – SPIDER WEB Team
  • Global Water Partnership – Mediterranen
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
  • NIRAS/UBA Consortium – EPPA Project
  • Secretariat of the Regional Rural Development Standing Working Group (RRD SWG)
  • Environment Agency Austria
  • United Nations – UN Environment
  • Regional Cooperation Council (RCC)

The different partners shared information on ongoing projects. The SPIDER WEB project was also on the agenda of this meeting. The presentation given was well received, support was expressed by several participants to SPIDER WEB  and in particular the practical nature of the project was appreciated. The importance of creating awareness and to strengthen (or even establishing) links between the key stakeholders of the compliance and enforcement chain was fully recognised. It was noted that stakeholders now already benefit from this.

The evaluation of the first three trainings demonstrates that the participants would like and would need more training, as they experience refreshed enthusiasm about the topic of combatting environmental crimes.

 

*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence

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