This capacity-building action was organised in cooperation with the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism and the Environmental Protection Agency of Montenegro. The Themis Secretariat would like to express its gratitude for their dedication and commitment.
The second sub-regional training took place in Bar, Montenegro, on April 12 and 13, 2016, and covered port inspections and waste management, with an emphasis on transboundary shipments of waste. The objective was to train relevant authorities from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro, as well as observers from Moldova, on sea and inland port inspections using the experience of the INECE Seaport Initiative, and to involve them in an enforcement action related to waste shipment. The participating countries nominated delegates from environmental inspectorates with waste portfolios, as well as permit writers and customs officers.
The main outcome was the exchange of experience and best practices between participants and representatives of EU member states (the Netherlands and Belgium) regarding waste management, transboundary shipments of waste and port inspections. The training provided an opportunity to improve participants’ understanding of waste-related legislation (especially the Basel Convention, the Waste Framework Directive and the Waste Shipment Regulation) as well as of waste classification and management practices.
The training revealed that the participating countries already have a good understanding of how to conduct port inspections and check containers. This existing understanding was reinforced by the exchange of knowledge between inspection practitioners from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Moldova on each country's legal framework and enforcement practices related to waste management and waste shipments.
Session 2 – Waste Management Plan for Montenegro
Session 3 – Waste classification
Session 4 – Introduction to international and European legislation on transboundary shipments of waste
Session 5 – Introduction to INECE Seaport Initiative
Session 7 – Experience related to waste shipment inspections and illegal waste transport in ports
Session 8 – Waste shipment inspection planning