General Assembly: ENEP members support Romanian environmental experts on waste
On Thursday 10 April, ENEP members travelled to Bucharest for their General Assembly and side event meeting on “European Recycling Society - Natural Resources and Waste Management” that was hosted by the Romanian Environment Association (REA) as part of their second annual conference programme. Speaking in the closing session, Mr Attila Korodi, Minister for Environment and Climate Change spoke of the importance of professionalism and expertise in the field of environmental policy if Romania is to avoid significant financial sanctions from Brussels. Speaking in response to the Minister, ENEP’s President, Kristof De Smet underlined the readiness of the European Network of Environmental Professionals to connect Romanian experts with colleagues from across the continent. ENEP Vice President Mario Grosso, a European expert in waste management, spoke about an innovative waste and recycling GRU project that had focused on improving waste management in University campuses throughout Italy. Finally, Simon Pascoe spoke on the latest developments with the Structural and Investment Funds 2014 -2020, a total package that is worth approximately €23 billion for financing the Commission’s Cohesion Policy priorities. The Minister underlined the need for Romania to develop its expertise in all areas of environment policy in order to advise and take the most appropriate decisions. Korodi concluded by inviting the REA to work together with ENEP in ensuring that environmental professionals play a key role in taking the best decisions this year and invited environmental associations to participate with us in this regard. All those who have projects in Romania have to choose the best specialists to complete the authorization procedure, said Korodi.