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Pollution Prevention EU Twinning Project

4 April 2013

With support from the EU, a new EU Twinning project on pollution prevention was launched in Armenia on 4 February 2013 in Yerevan. It is part of the European Neighbourhood Policy Armenia-EU Action Plan and has an overall budget of €1 million.
This project, called “Strengthening the Ministry of Nature Protection in the Introduction of Integrated Pollution and Control”, aims to create a partnership between the pollution prevention and environmental compliance control authorities of Germany, Spain and Armenia.
The purpose of the project, to be implemented in 2013-2014, is to assist the Ministry of Nature Protection and other relevant stakeholders in introducing a system of integrated environmental pollution prevention and control. This will be achieved through the development of legal, institutional, administrative and procedural frameworks for integrated permits and inspection, and for capacity building in integrated permit procedures, monitoring, inspection and enforcement measures for the authorities and stakeholders involved.

The head of the Operation Section of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Jean-Christophe Gayrand, explained that the aim of the project was to prevent or reduce pollution of the atmosphere, water and soil, as well as the quantities of waste arising from agricultural and industrial installations: ‘This initiative will also support sustainable development in Armenia which is at the heart of the EU Action Plan. Moreover, it will encourage economic development, poverty reduction, and social cohesion through introducing standards in line with the EU directive on industrial initials’.

According to Aram Harutyunyan, the Armenian Minister of Nature Protection, the project was very important for Armenia, would bring about legislative changes: ‘We need to exploit all our tools and see what changes are needed’.

The Armenian Minister of Economy, Tigran Davtyan, said that the Ministry of Nature Protection had been chosen for the particular project because issues of nature protection were at the centre of the government’s attention. In this context, Armenia needed EU knowledge and experience, he stated.

The aim of EU Twinning is to support new EU member states, EU accession candidates and the EU’s neighbours as they bring their legislation in line with EU law, and to build up the structures necessary for its implementation.

Within the framework of EU Twinning projects, administrative experts from EU member states offer their knowledge and experience in implementing European legislation in a certain field to their colleagues in partner countries.

Pollution Prevention EU Twinning Project

With support from the EU, a new EU Twinning project on pollution prevention was launched in Armenia on 4 February 2013 in Yerevan. It is part of the European Neighbourhood Policy Armenia-EU Action Plan and has an overall budget of €1 million. This project, called “Strengthening the Ministry of Nature Protection in the Introduction of Integrated Pollution and Control”, aims to create a partnership between the pollution prevention and environmental compliance control authorities of Germany, Spain and Armenia. The purpose of the project, to be implemented in 2013-2014, is to assist the Ministry of Nature Protection and other relevant stakeholders in introducing a system of integrated environmental pollution prevention and control. This will be achieved through the development of legal, institutional, administrative and procedural frameworks for integrated permits and inspection, and for capacity building in integrated permit procedures, monitoring, inspection and enforcement measures for the authorities and stakeholders involved. The head of the Operation Section of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Jean-Christophe Gayrand, explained that the aim of the project was to prevent or reduce pollution of the atmosphere, water and soil, as well as the quantities of waste arising from agricultural and industrial installations: ‘This initiative will also support sustainable development in Armenia which is at the heart of the EU Action Plan. Moreover, it will encourage economic development, poverty reduction, and social cohesion through introducing standards in line with the EU directive on industrial initials’. According to Aram Harutyunyan, the Armenian Minister of Nature Protection, the project was very important for Armenia, would bring about legislative changes: ‘We need to exploit all our tools and see what changes are needed’. The Armenian Minister of Economy, Tigran Davtyan, said that the Ministry of Nature Protection had been chosen for the particular project because issues of nature protection were at the centre of the government’s attention. In this context, Armenia needed EU knowledge and experience, he stated. The aim of EU Twinning is to support new EU member states, EU accession candidates and the EU’s neighbours as they bring their legislation in line with EU law, and to build up the structures necessary for its implementation. Within the framework of EU Twinning projects, administrative experts from EU member states offer their knowledge and experience in implementing European legislation in a certain field to their colleagues in partner countries.