For the first time, four EU environmental networks are joining together to organise a conference targeting all aspects of the environmental compliance chain. These are:

  • The Network for the Implementation and Enforcement of EU Environmental Law (IMPEL)
  • The European Network of Prosecutors for the Environment (ENPE)
  • The EU Forum of Judges for the Environment (EUFJE)
  • Network of police officers focusing on tackling environmental crime (EnviCrimeNet)

Recent research from environmental regulators across Europe on the practical implementation of EU environmental law highlights a number of challenges. One key area is weak enforcement and insufficient penalties and sanctions. By bringing together members from networks involved in all parts of the environmental compliance chain, this conference will highlight and present practical solutions and best practice from Europe and the rest of the world on these themes.

The audience will be made up of judges, prosecutors, police officers, inspectors, permit writers, lawyers and policy makers from around Europe, including guests from the European Commission (DG Justice and DG Environment). Our programme will include inspiring keynote speakers, breakout sessions and discussions on issues such as: Effective Approaches to Enforcement, Investigations & Proving Cases and Sanctions & Cost Recovery.


Please note that this a draft programme.
From To Topic Speaker(s) Room
09:00 09:30 Session 1: Opening of Conference
The official opening of Conference will be made by the Vice-Governor of the Provence of Utrecht and the Inspector-General of the Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate.
  Plenary room
09:30 11:00 Session 2: The Implementation Challenge
This session will provide a reminder of the Implementation Challenge, the view from the European Commission and key note speeches from the network partners.
John Seager, Aurel Ciobanu Dordea, Chris Dijkens, Roel Willekens, Jonathan Robinson, Jan Van den Berghe Plenary room
11:00 11:30 Coffee Break & Networking   Garden Dome Church
11:30 12:30 Session 3: Information and Knowledge base
This session will focus on the information and knowledge resource that is available to practitioners through presentations from a variety of agencies and projects involved in combating environmental crime in Europe.
Matthew Hall, Tanya Wyatt, Andrew Farmer, Werner Gowitzke Plenary room
12:30 13:30 Lunch   Garden Dome Church
13:30 15:00 Session 4: Effective Approaches to Enforcement Challenges
This session highlights good practice examples of effective approaches to Enforcement Challenges.
Rob de Rijck, Teodor Nita, Jan Van den Berghe, Farah Bouquelle, Tony Liebregts, Rob Kramers Plenary room
15:00 15:30 Coffee Break & Networking Garden Dome Church
15:30 17:00 Session 4 continued: Break out groups 'Effective Approaches to Enforcement Challenges'
Four breakout groups on Effective Approaches to Enforcement Challenges
  • Breakout session I: Approaches to be effective in compliance chain
  • Breakout session II: Hunting Tourism
  • Breakout session III: Illegal Killing of Birds / CITES
  • Breakout session IV: 'Doing the Right Things' for Permitting and Inspection
Break out rooms
  1. A presentation on the EU Action Plan on Wildlife Trafficking, by Helge-Elisabeth Zeitler
  2. Breakout Groups will be asked to report back to the plenay
Plenary room
17:00 17:15 Closing of Day one John Seager Plenary room
17:15 18:15 ENPE General Assembly (For ENPE members only)   Plenary room
19:00 23:00 Evening event - formal dinner St. Jans Church

Practical Information

The conference will be held at the famous Dome Church in Utrecht.
Address: Achter de Dom 1, 3512 JN Utrecht
The venue is about 10 minutes walking distance from Utrecht Central train station. We have selected a number of hotels near to the conference venue for your convenience.
Note that the temperature in the church will be around 18ºC so please dress accordingly as no heating system is installed.
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Organising Partners

IMPEL is an international non-profit association of the environmental authorities of the European Union Member States, acceding and candidate countries of the EU, EEA and EFTA countries. The association is registered in Belgium and its legal seat is in Brussels. Currently, IMPEL has 50 members from 35 countries including all EU Member States, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Iceland, Kosovo, Albania, Switzerland and Norway.
    Formed in 1992, the network’s objective is to create the necessary impetus in the European Union to make progress on ensuring a more effective application of environmental legislation. The core of IMPEL’s activities take place within a project structure and concern awareness raising, capacity building, peer review, exchange of information and experiences on implementation, international enforcement collaboration as well as promoting and supporting the practicability and enforceability of European environmental legislation.

      Reimbursement Procedures

      Whether or not your costs to attend this conference are covered by one of our network funding mechanisms, each delegate will have to register via this website. For each network different procedures and rules are in place for possible funding or reimbursement of the costs, as described below.

      IMPEL has funding for 2 hotel nights and travel for 1 person per IMPEL member country. Each delegate will have to register for the conference by themselves using this conference website, and will have to book and pay for their own hotel and travel. Please book your hotel via this link.
        If you are the person per member country who will receive the paid for place, then you can fill in a reimbursement form (in word or in pdf format) and claim the cost of the hotel and travel back via the normal IMPEL reimbursement process.
          For questions about this procedure, please contact the IMPEL secretariat via

          ENPE / EUFJE
          ENPE & EUFJE have funding for 2 hotel nights and travel for each delegate who receives confirmation of a funded conference place following registration. Places will be allocated initially to network members, with places for each member state and accession country and by reference to relevant environmental expertise, any nomination from a recognised prosecuting or judicial authority and the need for capacity building.
            Each delegate must register on line, individually, for the conference using this conference website. If a funded place is confirmed each delegate should pay for their own hotel and travel and seek reimbursement after attending the conference. Please book your hotel via this link.
              If you receive confirmation of a funded delegate place, then you should fill in a reimbursement form and claim back the cost of the hotel and travel by completing the conference reimbursement form and the following the reimbursement process (e.g. supplying receipts demonstrating expenditure).
                Reimbursement form in word or in pdf.
                  For questions about this procedure, please contact the IMPEL secretariat via

                  Participants attending on behalf of Envicrimenet are already taking part in the Environmental Financial Expert Meeting, which is to be organised 10 and 11 May at Europol in The Hague. The ISF funding available is related for expenses for travelling, hotel (2 nights) and day allowance are related to this meeting only. In case Envicrimenet members decide to take part at the EU Environmental Enforcement Networks conference, they can benefit from it,
                  by booking their return flight after the conference. Please book your hotel via this link.

                  There is no funding available to cover hotel or DSA costs for these additional days.


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