On November 18, 2016, a roundtable took place in the Moldovan capital Chisinau to discuss the draft standard operating procedures (SOPs) for nature protection, waste management and water resources management in the Republic of Moldova.
Following a presentation of the three sector-specific SOPs, participants discussed their strengths and flaws and had an opportunity to provide comments and suggest improvements.
The roundtable attracted a total of 23 participants, representing the Ministry of Environment, the REC and REC Moldova, the General Prosecutor's Office, the General Police Inspectorate (GPI), the Border Police, the Customs Service, the State Ecological Inspectorate (SEI), the Moldsilva forestry agency, and the Fishery Service.
The event was opened by Ms. Gordana Kozhuharova, the REC's regional director for South Eastern Europe, who gave a general presentation about the Themis Network; and by Ms. Carolina Eremei, a consultant in the Legal Section of the Ministry of Environment, in her capacity as Themis Network focal point for Moldova.
The three SOPs were discussed in separate roundtable sessions, as outlined below.
The session on the SOP on Nature Protection in the Republic of Moldova was introduced by Mr. Adrian Panciuc, head of the Legal Section of the Ministry of Environment.
During the discussions, the following comments were provided:
The session on the SOP on Waste Management in the Republic of Moldova was introduced by Ms. Carolina Eremei of the Ministry of Environment.
Comments and recommendations were provided by the following participants:
The session on the SOP on Water Resources Management in the Republic of Moldova was introduced by Ms. Gabriela Capcelea, acting executive director of REC Moldova.
The following participants expressed their views during the discussions:
The event closed with a discussion about legal support for the three SOPs to be further decided by the Ministry of Environment, as well as about the need for the SOPs to be endorsed, including by competent territorial bodies.