ALSAI participates in the Workshop on “Environmental Management in EU member states versus the evaluation indicator system” developed in Brussels

01.11.2019

On October 22, 2019 in Brussels, Belgium, it was developed a workshop on “Environmental management in EU member states versus the evaluation indicator system”. The workshop was organized by the European Commission in the framework of the Governance and Environmental Compliance Forum where EUROSAI, WGEA is an observatory.

The purpose of this workshop was to further develop on the basis of the results of the environmental governance project, selecting and applying appropriate indicators for transparency, public involvement, access to justice, ensuring compliance and effectiveness in EU member states, which will be used for monitoring environmental governance and environmental governance performance.

The workshop was attended by representatives of the Directorate General for Environment at the European Commission, the World Bank, the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP), Austria, Germany, the USA, Italy, the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, Bulgaria. etc.

The ALSAI was represented in this activity by Mr. Luan Kuka, Senior Auditor and Mr. Orgest Levani, First Auditor.

The workshop was opened with the greeting speech of Mr. Joachim D'Eugenio, representative of the Directorate General for Environment at the European Commission, who emphasized the importance of organizing this workshop as one of the effective ways to share best practices between EU member states and the stakeholders. He featured specific objectives which were:

· Developing a framework of common and sustainable environmental governance indicators;

· Creation of an informal monitoring system (eg data flow) associated with frequent publications as part of the Environmental Implementation Journal (EIR);

· Ensuring that such a framework of indicators is multi-functional;

· To help monitoring the progress and demonstrate the results achieved through indicators and which can help to implement different environmental policy areas.

Subsequently, the workshop continued with various presentations on the concept of environmental governance from which, within the 5 dimensions that form the basis for environmental governance assessment, 22 topics were identified, including a complex contextual theme examining the structures of governance.

The afternoon session began its work with a panel discussion on the 5 dimensions (1. transparency, 2. public involvement, 3. access to the justice system, 4. ensuring compliance and accountability, and 5. efficiency and effectiveness). By the submitted questions and the responses provided by the four groups formed, were formulated teh advantages and disadvantages of environmental governance, environmental governance assessment by the EU member states and was made the comparing of the information gathered and an essential summary of the most important issues so that this information can be used at European level.

Attempting to categorize and evaluate the performance of the EU Member States in the five dimensions was useful as a tool to illustrate and summarize the results, to identify patterns, and to identify those countries with more advanced systems in specific dimensions. Among others, several research challenges were highlighted which enabled the formulation of recommendations on how the evaluation framework could be further developed. Also, it was noted that environmental governance is a dynamic field, and the efforts for improvement have been undertaken in many member states, which can lead to changes in the categorization of environmental governance performance. The meeting concluded with important conclusions for all participants.

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