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Dear readers!

After three years of intense work, the second phase of the Themis Network project has come to an end. A big thank you to everyone for following the network’s progress and making an active contribution to it!

The Themis project has been the joint effort of multiple partners, colleagues from the Regional Environmental Center (head office and country offices), the Themis Network focal points, numerous institutions and participants from the beneficiary countries, and international organisations. Special mention should be made of all experts, both local and international, who contributed their knowledge and experience, and to the members of the Steering Committee who provided insights and guidance during project implementation.
Together, we have been able to actively pursue the objectives of the network, and we hope that the results, deliverables and tools described in this newsletter, as well as those available on the project website http://www.themis.rec.org/, will continue to make a valuable contribution to your professional work.

This is just “goodbye for now”!
The Themis Network Secretariat






Themis Final Event
The end of the project was marked by a final event held in Oxford, UK, on September 20 and 21, 2017, on the occasion of the EU Environmental Enforcement Networks Conference. The event provided an opportunity for the network to present its achievements and main outcomes to representatives of the international community gathered in Oxford. Participants included the Themis focal points, members of the Themis Network from the beneficiary countries, representatives of the European Commission, ministry officials from EU member states, as well as experts, police officers, inspectors, prosecutors and judges.
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Launch of the Themis Network Action Toolkit
The REC is pleased to announce the publication and official launch of the Themis Network Action Toolkit, a 374-page compendium of capacity development activities and tools, designed as an easy reference for environmental law enforcement practitioners and government officials from the network’s beneficiary countries, and beyond. The Action Toolkit content is based on materials used during the Themis Network regional training programmes that the REC delivered during the three years of project implementation.
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Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) Available Online
Standard operating procedures for the prevention, detection and investigation of environmental crimes (in the sectors of water, waste, forestry etc.), developed for each of the Themis beneficiaries, are now available online. These documents are intended to enhance in-country coordination and institutionalised cooperation between the national authorities responsible for environmental law enforcement, and to facilitate outreach towards the judiciary and other stakeholders.
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New Waste Monitoring Database for Albania
The waste monitoring database was created on request by the Themis team to help the agency responsible for collecting waste-related data in the framework of the Albanian Law on Integrated Waste Management. Its features include a catalogue of waste codes, a user-friendly interface for recording waste data for each county, and the possibility to produce reports based on the recorded data. A training took place in Tirana, Albania, on February 21, 2017, to show staff of the National Environmental Agency of Albania how to use the database.
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Second National Training in Montenegro
A second national training took place in Montenegro on September 21–22, 2017, specifically targeting inspectors from the Montenegrin Administration for Inspection Affairs. The training covered the Integrated Risk Assessment Method (IRAM) developed within the easyTools project of the European Union Network for the Implementation and Enforcement of Environmental Law (IMPEL). Participants gained an understanding of the meaning and value of the IRAM tool and learned how to use it. They also received guidance from the IMEPL trainers on the implementation of the Recommendation on Minimum Criteria for Environmental Inspections (RMCEI).
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Second National Training in Bosnia and Herzegovina
A national training on sustainable waste management took place in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on June 29 and 30, 2017. It provided an opportunity for stakeholders from Bosnia and Herzegovina to discuss the level of harmonisation of national legislation with EU regulations, and the preparation of policy documents in the field of waste management. It also contributed to better mutual understanding among environmental inspectors regarding their respective legal frameworks and enforcement issues, and promoted fruitful models for cooperation between public entities dealing with waste management and the NGO sector.
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Interministerial Exercise in Montenegro
An interministerial exercise took place in the port of Kotor on June 9, 2017, involving the competent authorities designated in the National Contingency Plan in Case of Sea Pollution from Vessels. The exercise followed the Themis national training on SEA/EIA for the Programme of Exploration and Production of Oil and Gas Offshore Montenegro, and a video was produced by the Themis Network, with funding from the Austrian Development Cooperation.
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National Training in Albania
A national training on compliance with environmental legislation, focusing specifically on methodology development and the application of the Integrated Risk Assessment Method (IRAM), created under the easyTools project, took place in Tirana, Albania, on April 6 and 7, 2017, bringing together over 20 inspectors. The goal was to build capacities for the planning of inspections using the online tools and methodologies, developped and tested by the European Union Network for the Implementation and Enforcement of Environmental Law (IMPEL).
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Executive Committee Meeting 2017
The 2017 annual meeting of the Themis Network Executive Committee, organised by the Themis Secretariat, took place in Vienna on March 30, 2017, and provided an opportunity for the Themis focal points and Themis partners to outline priority issues in their respective countries and give updates on their work. The main outcomes of the event were the endorsement of the secretariat report on activities in 2016, and the reconfirmation of the support for Themis activities to be carried out in 2017 and beyond.
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