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The Twinning Programme

This project belongs to the Twinning Programme of the European Commission, created in 1998. Twinning provides the framework for public administrations and semi-public organisations in the beneficiary countries to work with their counterparts in EU Member States. The main feature of a Twinning project is to deliver specific and guaranteed results. The parties agree in advance on a detailed work programme to meet an objective concerning priority areas of the EU legislation, as set out in the Accession Partnerships.

Project Background and Context
A main target of the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning is to improve the implementation of and compliance with environmental legislation of all Macedonian citizens, industries and other stakeholders. For this sake a set of 3 EU-cofinanced actions was designed: (i) this Twinning project, supporting the environmental inspection system at central and local levels, (ii) a Technical Assistance project, supporting the implementation of environmental legislation in the fields of responsibility of municipalities, and (iii) a supply contract providing different kinds of equipment and software to improve the working conditions of environmental inspectors at central and municipal levels. The 3 actions are implemented within the years 2015 – 2016.

The Twinning Project: Objectives
To achieve the overall objective of contributing to the improvement of the environmental protection in the country at both central and local levels, this project has as purpose to enhance the capacities of environmental inspection bodies for enforcement of environmental legislation at central level (State Environmental Inspectorate (SEI)) and local level (municipalities).
With this purpose in mind, the project has the following main objectives:

  • To determine an optimized institutional framework for an effective environmental inspection system.
  • To review and improve the legislative framework related to environmental enforcement.
  • To improve the practices of inspection bodies through a better planning and training.
  • To deliver or support the elaboration of numerous tools, such as a website, information management system, guides for inspectors and for industrial owners, and check lists specific to some sectors.

Project Components
According to its objectives, the project has 3 components:

  • Strengthened administrative capacities for enforcement of environmental legislation:
    • A legal and institutional assessment of the current environmental inspection and enforcement system will be performed. Based on it recommendations for improvement will be delivered, and a programme for strengthening administrative capacities of environmental inspection bodies will be prepared.
    • Guides for inspectors and for industrial owners, and check lists specific to some industrial activities or environmental issues will be delivered.
    • A training programme with corresponding training materials will be prepared and implemented.
    • Study tours will be organised to EU Member States.
  • Improved effectiveness of the environmental enforcement system:
    • A new Law on the State Environmental Inspectorate will be drafted. Relevant gaps in related environmental legislation will be identified.
    • Risk-based planning methodology will be discussed.
    • A website for the SEI and the project will be developed.
    • A series of field inspections, including joint inspections, will be implemented, with a focus on issues related to IPPC/IED, air and water quality.
    • EU Recommendations on environmental inspection will be transposed, training curricula on that subject prepared, and training delivered on their implementation.
  • Improved management information and reporting system (MIRS) for inspection:
    • MIRS delivered by the supply contract described in section “Project background and context” will be analysed, and recommendations for its optimisation delivered.
    • Risk assessment planning software tool IRAM will be discussed.

Besides the work with environmental competent authorities, dissemination and interaction with other relevant stakeholders like industry, NGOs or general public will take place as well during implementation of the activities.


Project data
Title: “Strengthening the administrative capacities at central and local level for implementation and enforcement of the environmental acquis”, Twinning Number MK 10 IPA EN 01 14 (MK 10 IB EN 01)
Budget: € 1.000.000
Implementation period: 19 months
Start of implementation: 12th of January of 2015
Main beneficiary Institution indicated in the Project’s fiche: State Environmental Inspectorate
Member State institutions twinned with the Beneficiary:

Key Persons:

Firus Memed

Macedonian Project Leader

Jose Francisco Alonso Picon

Spanish Project Leader


tel: +34 981 541 740

Rob Kramers

Dutch Junior Project Leader


tel: +31 646 430 911

Darko Blinkov

RTA Counterpart


tel: +389 754 044 10

Cesar Seoanez

Resident Twinning Advisor (RTA)


tel: +389 713 777 12

Lidija Fajdiga

RTA Assistant


tel: +389 713 214 81

Jasmina Nikuljska

RTA Language Assistant


tel: +389 702 368 11

Key documents:

 
 
 
 
 
 
NEWS AND ACTIVITIES
 
Closure event of the Twinning Project supporting environmental inspection & enforcement at central & local levels
20.07.2016

On July 20 was held in Hotel Alexander Palace the closure event of the Twinning Project to streng ...

Press conference and informative session in Economic Chamber of Macedonia
11.07.2016

On the 11th of July of 2016 the Economic Chamber of Macedonia hosted a press conferenc ...

Licensing ceremony of inspectors
19.05.2016

On the 19th of May 2016 a ceremony was held in the Army Hall, where inspectors of all ...

Meeting with Inspection Council representatives
22.04.2016

On the 22nd of April of 2016 a meeting was held between Twinning Project representativ ...

Law on environmental inspection
29.01.2016

Draft proposal of Law on environmental inspection

You can find more information on the ...

Workshop: Draft Law on Inspection for Environment, 19th of November 2015
20.11.2015

General overview of the draft Law on Inspection for Environment and justification for the need fo ...