Environmental policy of the European Union

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Organized in accordance with the results of the training needs analysis of the EIR exposed at the end of the year 2007, the training programme the Environmental policy of the European Union has been developed in two training sessions in 2008. In the context of increased attention given to environmental issues, especially at international, but mostly at community level, the brief presentation of the main European instruments used in environmental protection represents a truly useful theme for members of the public administration involved in environmental issues. 

The obligations assumed by Romania as a member state of the European Union include a series of measures aimed at coordination the European strategies of environmental protection. The EU policy in the field tries to confront current challenges such as climate change, the provision of energy from clean and geopolitically secure sources. The presentation of the principal coordinates of action in the domain is becoming essential for their implementation at local, regional and national levels.

 
Beneficiaries

Among the institutions with the most representatives at the two training sessions of the Environmental policy of the EU training programme feature the Ministry of the Environment and Sustainable Development, the National Agency for Environmental Protection, the Ministry of Interior and Administrative Reform, the Ministry of Labor, Family and Equal Opportunity, the Ministry of Education, Research and Youth, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The institutions afore-mentioned are contained in the central administration. 

The local administration has been represented by members from: the Bucharest City Hall, the Agency for Environmental Protection Hundedoara, the County Council Prahova or the Agency for Regional Development in the South-Western Region Oltenia. Also, a group of six students from the Polytehnic University of Bucharest also attended the programme. 

From the point of view of positions occupied by the participants, most of them were experts or counselors, but also with exceptions such as public managers, head of unit or directors. 

 

Objectives

The training programme was organized with the purpose of providing course participants with the main elements of European legislation in the field of environmental protection, insuring their familiarity with the concept of sustainable development and offering them the instruments to apply at national level the Community environmental regulations. Among the competences obtained by course participants feature: 

  • The ability to understand and describe the main characteristics of the Community environmental policy  
  • Increased familiarity with specific terms of the current EU environmental policy 
  • Understanding of the concept of integration of environmental policies 
  • Understanding of the effects of European policies on national legislation in the domain of environmental protection 

 

Timetable
The environmental policy of the European Union is one of the specialized training programmes offered by the European Institute of Romania for the first time during 2008. The two training sessions took place during the periods July 2nd-3rd and November 13th -14th. The courses were developed during several sessions, which combined offered 16 hours of training, including the administration of a short test which was materialized in participation certificates.

 

The structure of the training programme the Environmental Policy of the EU was modular and it was made up by presentations and debates surrounding the following themes: 

  • European environmental legislation 
  • Priority areas and strategic directions of the EU environmental policy 
  • The global context and integration; environmental responsibility 
  • Obligations assumed by Romania in environmental protection through the Accession Treaty 
  • Financial instruments – the European Regional Development Fund, the Cohesion Fund

The trainer for this programme was dr. Rodica Stănescu, PhD in Chemistry, member of the academic body of the University of Bucharest and a specialist in environmental management with a rich experience in professional training and in the field of materials’ chemistry applied in environmental protection. Dr. Stănescu’s academic training in the field of environmental management includes courses and programmes in countries such as Croatia, Sweden, Germany, Portugal and Italy. Dr. Stănescu’s expertise was accumulated through the participation in Phare, Tempus and Matra programmes, but also through her participation as lecturer at courses and conferences in Italy, Japan and the United States. 

From the point of view of training methods lecture, questions and answers sessions were used, but also active involvement and team work were encouraged with instruments such as SWOT analysis or the presentation in groups of the life cycle of a product. 

At the end of the year 2008 a training needs analysis was launched into the study of environmental protection needs identification at the level of local administration. Due to the fact that the original programme was addressed to the central administration, the need to create a programme specialized on the needs of local authorities was felt. Therefore, the results of the training needs assessment lead to the reconstruction of the programme, which will have a different structure in 2009, the focus being put on issues of interest for local administration.


 

Feedback from participants

The evaluation of the programme by participants indicated a high level of satisfaction among participants, their expectations being met at an excellent level in 62% of the cases and for 31% of them being perceived as very good.

Among the most useful things identified by the participants are : the unitary approach of the environmental policy, the terms within the environmental ‘language’, the EU financial instruments, the SWOT analysis exercise.

From the point of view of criticism the issue of heating or lack thereof in the training hall was accused by many participants, but the apparent discomfort did not create impediments in the learning exercise or in the appreciation of the trainer and the materials presented.

A selection of participants’ opinions includes the following : 

  • I appreciate the effort put into the elaboration of the tests and exercises 
  • time was limited, so some of the subjects could not be studied thoroughly 
  • the quality of the presentation was excellent based on the solid scientific background of the trainer 
  • dynamic trainer, excellently prepared for the organization of training programmes and the solving on the spot of risen problems 
  • the course would have been excellent had there been proper heating in the room 
  • the fact that constant feedback was offered was highly appreciated 
  • a bit more time and explanation could have been devoted to sustainable development and the Vilnius strategy

 

Organizers

The environmental policy of the European Union training programme was organized by the European Institute of Romania at its headquarters in Bucharest, 7-9 Regina Elisabeta bldv in the conference hall.

 

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