PROJECT NUMBER: 1650301
Most Recent Developments in Environmental and Climate Change Areas
25/Feb/2016 • Luxembourg
All parties interested in understanding the most recent developments in EU’s dense environmental legislation without necessarily having a legal background, civil servants and staff of public administrations, NGOs, environmental networks, as well as private sector actors with an interest in EU environmental law.
A high level of protection of environment is one of the key objectives enshrined in the EU treaties. It covers a wind range of areas such as nature protection (Natura 2000 network), environmental impact assessments, water protection, waste management, etc. It is very closely linked with another key objective: to combat climate change. The recent crucial 21st Conference Of Parties (COP21) held in December in Paris is supposed to pave the way for reducing climate change in the post-Kyoto Protocol period.
This one-day seminar aims at providing all interested parties with an update on the most recent developments in environmental and climate change policies and legislation, focusing in particular on:
• The results of the Paris COP21 and expectations on the future climate change-energy EU legislative package.
• The process of ‘fitness check’ launched by the Commission of the Nature protection legislation (‘Birds’ and ‘Habitats’ directives).
• Expectations in the area of Water protection following the expiry of the Water Framework Directive’s deadline to reach ‘good status’ of water by 22/15/2015.
• Waste legislation & expectations on the ‘circular economy.’
• The novelties of the new Environmental Impact Assessment Directive from 2014.
The programme has been designed to offer a combination of presentations and active discussions with experienced practitioners Recent legislative and jurisprudential developments in the relevant areas will be presented and discussed. The sessions will be moderated by a small team of recognised experts and practitioners, with an emphasis on practical examples, active involvement of the participants, and exchanges of experiences. All sessions include time for questions and answers.
• To provide an update on the most recent trends and developments in the area of EU environmental and climate change policies.
• To discuss future EU legislation on climate change and energy covering objectives and targets to be reach post 2020 (2030 and beyond).
• To understand the challenges ahead in the area of ‘circular economy’ and waste legislation.
• To analyse the concrete implications of the ‘good status’ of water objectives enshrined in the Water Framework Directive, following the expiry of the deadline of 22/12/2015 to reach them.
• To provide a platform for networking, exchange experiences and information sharing.
THURSDAY 25 FEBRUARY 2016
Registration of participants
Welcome and mutual introduction
• Presentation of EIPA
• Presentation of programme (including objectives and methodology) and speakers
• Individual presentation of participants
Igor Dizdarevic (FR), Lecturer and Seminar Leader, EIPA Luxembourg
Climate change & energy: what to expect after the Paris COP21?
This first session will examine the results of the Paris conference and discuss the future legislative proposals on the new climate change & energy ‘package’
Nature protection: what results from the ‘fitness check’ of the current legislation?
By the end of 2015 the Commission will have performed a review of the two main nature protection directives (‘Birds’ and ‘Habitats’ Directives) with the view of publishing a report in early 2016. In this session will be discussed the outcome of the review process and examined the future expectations in terms of biodiversity protection.
Water protection: what is next after 22/15/2015 deadline expiry?
In this session will be discussed the state of play regarding the implementation of the Water Framework Directive and its’ objective of ‘good statuts’ of water bodies, with a focus on possible derogations requested by Member States for extension of the deadline.
Waste management: how to achieve circular economy?
Participants will be presented with a practical overview of the complex legal framework and legislation covering waste management with a focus on the latest developments such as for example the new plastic carrier bags directive, as well as the next steps to be expected in view of achieving the objective of a ‘circular economy’
Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA): what is new in the 2014 Directive?
In this final session will be examined the novelties of the 2014/52/EU Directive with particular focus on the way the procedure is better streamlined and coordinated with other procedures, in particular the one stemming from the Habitats Directive (Appropriate Assessment).
End of seminar
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EIPA Members* fee: €465
Regular fee: €516
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* EIPA Members can take advantage of a reduced fee; this is available to all civil servants working for one of EIPA’s member countries (i.e. AT, BE, BG, CY, CZ, DK, FI, FR, DE, GR, HU, IE, IT, LT, LU, MT, NL, NO, PL, PT, ES, SE, UK), and civil servants working for an EU institution, body or agency.
Early registration discount
For this seminar, EIPA Luxembourg offers a €50 discount for all registrations received and paid before 23 January 2016.
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