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​A new tool to bring together environmental implementation experts
Launch Event
Organised by the European Commission and the European Committee of the Regions
Thursday 7 September 2017
Background: the TAIEX-EIR PEER 2 PEER tool
The Directorate-General for Environment is launching a new tool for peer-to-peer exchanges among national, regional and local authorities in Member States, called TAIEX-EIR PEER 2 PEER. The tool is based on the existing TAIEX instrument, already in use by the Directorate-General European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations. It is aimed at helping Member States to improve their implementation of EU-based environmental policy and law, including tackling (administrative) root causes, inspired by the implementation challenges indicated in the Environmental Implementation Review (EIR).
For more details about the initiative and application forms please visit the dedicated TAIEX-EIR PEER 2 PEER webpage which will be online as from 1st September 2017:
The launch event: date and place
EIR PEER 2 PEER will be officially launched at a seminar co-organised by the European Commission and the European Committee of the Regions on 7 September 2017, from 14.30 to 17.00 at Rue van Maerlant 2, room VMA 1, 1040 Brussels
Agenda (provisional)
14:00-14:30 Registration and welcome coffee
14:40 Welcome / The EIR Peer 2 Peer as opportunity for regions and local authorities
Andrew Cooper, European Committee of the Regions' (CoR) rapporteur on the EIR
14:40-14:50 Opening Remarks (video message)
Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
14:50-15:05 TAIEX-EIR PEER 2 PEER – a tool for capacity building on environmental implementation
tbc: Aurel Ciobanu-Dordea / Ion Codescu / Louis Meuleman (ENV)
15:20 Examples of good practices on environmental implementation
Mario Pagano, former collaborator DG ENV; European University Institute, Florence
15:20-15:30 Reflection from the European Parliament
Benedek Jávor, Member of the European Parliament (Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance)
15:30-16:00 How to apply for support under EIR PEER2PEER: – presentation of the TAIEX instrument
Lazar Todorov (tbc), Team Leader, Institution Building, TAIEX, Twinning Unit DG Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations
16:15 How the Commission supports Member States – TAIEX and SRSS
DG NEAR (tbc)  and the Structural Reform Support Service (SRSS; Christoph Klockenbring, tbc)
16:15-16:50 Questions and discussion
16:50-17:00 Closing remarks
Andrew Cooper (CoR)
You can watch the recordings of the launch event presentations
Press Release
Press release about the event (tbc)
In case of questions, please contact Mr Louis Meuleman, EIR coordinator (DG ENV) ( ); Mr Andreas Versmann, EIR Peer 2 Peer project manager (DG ENV) (; Mr Carsten Brauns, Policy Officer – Environment Policy (European Committee of the Regions) ( ).

Organizer: European Commission and the European Committee of the Regions
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