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Environmental Program for Central and Eastern Europe

Since 1988, the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), through its Environmental Program for Central and Eastern Europe, has worked with partners in the region to develop more effective environmental protection systems and increase public participation in environmental decision making. Through the regional program, the Institute provides assistance with drafting environmental legislation, support for the implementation of region-wide initiatives, and study and training programs for environmental activists and other professionals.

The Institute has provided law-drafting assistance to lawyers, policymakers, and nongovernmental organizations in Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, and Bulgaria, as well as Ukraine, Russia, and elsewhere in the former Soviet Union. ELI has been actively involved in the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe process for drafting a new international Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-Making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters and the “Sofia Initiative” on Environmental Impact Assessment in Central and Eastern Europe. ELI has worked with regional and international NGOs to support these initiatives and provide the tools and information needed to implement them effectively. ELI has provided training for judges and prosecutors in Ukraine and Hungary, and hosted numerous Visiting Scholars from Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union at our offices in Washington.

Related Publications

Related Conferences, Seminars and Workshops

  • NGO Forum and First Conference of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention — Chisinau, Moldova (1999)
  • Workshop on Developing PRTR in Ukraine — Kiev, Ukraine (1999)
  • Aarhus Convention Guide Workshop — Budapest, Hungary (1999)
  • UNECE Council on Environmental Policy — Geneva, Switzerland (1999)
  • Aarhus Convention Guide Steering Committee — Geneva, Switzerland (1999)
  • Aarhus Convention Advisory Board — Copenhagen, Denmark (1999)
  • Public Interest Environmental Law Study Tour for Central and Eastern European Environmental Lawyers and Activists — Washington, DC & Eugene, OR (1997, 1996, 1995, 1994)
  • Hungarian Environmental Law Workshop for Prosecutors — Lake Balaton, Hungary (1997)
  • Regional Transportation Workshop — Brno, Czech Republic (1997)
  • Ukraine-United States Roundtable on Approaches to Waste Management and Pollution Prevention — Pittsburgh, PA (1997)
  • Judicial Training Workshop on Environmental Law (ELI, EMLA, Hungarian Ministry of Justice) — Pilliszentkereszt, Hungary (1996)
  • Symposium on Public Interest Law in Eastern Europe and Russian — Oxford, U.K. (1996)
  • Workshop on Cooperation between the Polish Ministry on Environmental Protection, Natural Resources and Forestry and Non-Governmental Organizations — Warsaw, Poland
  • Environmental Law for Ukranian Judges — Ukraine (1995)
  • Developing and Implementing Effective Environmental Laws Study Tour (for Russian government officials and NGO lawyers) (1994)