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The AUGIAS team developed tools to facilitate waste transport checks and an ‘action week’ led to some 815 transport checks in 16 EU countries. As a result, the EU Council adopted a resolution creating “EnviCrimeNet”, an informal network for countering environmental crime.

Project dates 28/11/2009 - 28/11/2011
Total budget€86 387
EU contribution70%
Project CoordinatorFederal Police, Environmental Crime Service (Belgium)
Project Partners
  • Ministry of Justice and Law Enforcement (Hungary)
  • OCLAESP – Central Service Environmental Crime, French Gendarmerie (France)
  • National Police Services Agency (the Netherlands)
  • IMPEL (European Union Network for the implementation and Enforcement of Environmental Law)
Associate PartnersEuropol

Project Description

At a seminar in Paris in 2008, it became clear that the EU Waste Shipment Regulation (Regulation 1013/2006) was too technical and complicated for police officers working in the field and, as a result, officers were not adequately aware of its content. The AUGIAS project responded by increasing awareness of environmental crime legislation amongst officers in the field, developing tools to enhance the efficiency of transport checks, and improving the exchange of information on both national and international levels.

Benefits and results

The AUGIAS project developed different tools to facilitate checks of waste transports. The tools included a manual and a standardised waste check document. The manual was produced in all European languages, while the other documents are in English. In early 2010, to implement the tools, a ‘train the trainer’ seminar was organised in Belgium. During the training, enforcement officers from every EU country were able to participate at different waste transport checks.

All EU countries were invited to participate in an ‘action week’ in October 2010, which resulted in 815 waste transport checks being carried out in 16 EU countries.

On 9 June 2011, as a result of the AUGIAS project, the EU Council adopted a resolution on the creation of an informal network for countering environmental crime – “EnviCrimeNet”. The resolution aims to identify criminal networks suspected of being involved in illicit waste trafficking, identify routes, destinations and trends of criminal activities, and improve the exchange of information and collection of criminal intelligence in the field.

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