This capacity-building action was hosted by the Slovenian Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning and organised in cooperation with the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC). The Themis Secretariat would like to express its gratitude for the dedication and commitment of the Slovenian experts and for RCC’s contribution.
This event was the third and final regional-level training and took place on December 10-11, 2015, in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The main objective was to pinpoint linkages between topics covered during the earlier regional trainings and horizontal issues, in particular environmental impact assessment (EIA), strategic environmental assessment (SEA), appropriate assessment (AA), access to information, public participation in decision making, and environmental liability.
The main outcome was the exchange of experience and best practices between participants and representatives of EU member states (Slovenia, Hungary and Austria), based on case studies in relation to EIA/SEA/AA, public participation, and access to environmental information. Among the case studies were city planning with SEA in Ljubljana (complemented by a visit to the city’s main problematic areas from an SEA perspective), and public participation in the framework of a nuclear waste site in Slovenia. In addition, experts from EU member states provided recommendations on the implementation of horizontal legislation, including EIA, SEA, public participation, access to information, and liability directives based on their countries’ past processes and lessons learnt.
Participants also had an opportunity to become familiar with and discuss the South East Europe 2020 Strategy and its implementation process, connectivity and the work of the Regional Cooperation Council. Finally, the European Union Network for the Implementation and Enforcement of Environmental Law (IMPEL) and the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) showcased relevant activities and their horizontal issues toolkit.
The participating Themis Network countries each nominated four participants to attend the training. Participants represented multiple sectors, including environmental inspection, permitting, policy making, the judiciary, horizontal issues departments, spatial planning, and rural development.