Executive Committee Annual Meeting
The Themis Executive Committee annual meeting took place on June 1, 2016, and provided an opportunity to review Themis Network activities in 2015 and 2016 (Q1+Q2), as well as reports by the countries on developments related to the transposition and implementation of EU legislation, problems encountered, concrete examples of how Themis was beneficial in each country, and updates on national trainings. Participants endorsed the Secretariat report and the schedule for 2016-2017.
In addition, during the course of discussions, the following suggestions were made:
- Expanding iDepend and IRAM activities under IMPEL to the SEE region in synergy with Themis.
- Rethinking the role of CSOs in Themis activities. It was suggested to organise a workshop in the framework of the REC’s General Assembly, in December 2016, to discuss the strategic development of the Themis Network with the most representative stakeholders (beneficiaries, partners, donors etc.).
- Using Themis to support the implementation of the SDGs by SEE countries and Moldova.
- Kosovo* would welcome a training focusing on customs, especially dealing with illegal shipments of waste, and would welcome support on the process of establishing a NEST.
- Bosnia and Herzegovina would welcome support for CITES implementation, in particular financial resources and technical assistance to protect endangered species according to the already existing Red Lists, and to combat illegal logging. Additional training focusing on CITES or waste management would also be welcomed.
- Serbia would welcome support towards the implementation of the Water Framework Directive and daughter directives; and the Urban Wastewater Directive, for which funds and know-how are currently lacking.
Finally, partners had an opportunity to present their work and provide strategic guidance to the Themis Network. Participants welcomed GIZ and the World Bank as new Themis partners.
The meeting was organised by the Themis Secretariat and REC Bosnia and Herzegovina.
* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.
Themis Executive Committee 2016