Infrastructure: Environment, Transport and Energy

In the area of Transport, sectors covered include maritime, inland and aviation including joint programmes with the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) and EUROCONTROL. One important focus is to support the aligning of aviation standards and regulations, aviation security and safety and the creation of a single market for aviation under the European Civil Aviation Agreement (ECAA) which allows for the legal extension of the EU´s Single European Sky (SES) programme under the SES-South-East Europe to include the Balkan region.

Activities in the Energy sector range from promoting renewable sources of energy to market liberalisation in the oil, gas and electricity sectors. Support is also provided to the on-going implementation and enforcement of the multi-lateral Energy Community Treaty for South-East Europe, which provides the legal framework for an integrated energy market as well as enhancing security of supply.

As far as Environment policy is concerned, actions combine both responses to specific requests on the one hand, and programmed actions on the other. The main foci of activity of TAIEX organised assistance in the area are:

  • proper implementation of Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) in support of applications for Cohesion Funds by many new Member States;
  • full enforcement of the EU Drinking Water and Urban Waste Water Directives;
  • waste and pollution management, particularly in the mining sector;
  • waste management in ports;
  • implementing the Integrated Pollution Prevention Control (IPPC) Directive;
  • Europa Natura 2000 Network underpinned by the Habitat and Birds Directive and;
  • Green Public Procurement