Promoting a consistent approach to prosecuting environmental crimes across Europe. 

2019 ENPE conference held in conjunction with Eurojust in The Hague a great success
ENPE annual conference held in conjunction with Eurojust in The Hague, Netherlands 28-30 October 2019
Successful ENPE and EUROJUST conference in The Hague addresses the rise in cross-border environmental crime
LIFE-ENPE waste crime and air pollution Working Group workshops, Nicosia, Cyprus 28-29 March 2019
2018 ENPE conference, Heraklion, Crete
LIFE-ENPE Project Wildlife Crime Working Group Workshop for Government Prosecutors on the Illegal Killing, Taking and Trade of Migratory Birds in the Mediterranean Region Segovia, Spain, May 9-11, 2018
2017 EU Environmental Crime Enforcement Conference, Magdalen College, Oxford, UK
Prosecution for killing critically endangered birds
Landmark Irish prosecution €20 million fine
Wildife Crime

Wildlife Crime

A working group exploring the major issues of interpretation, practical application, evidence gathering and quantification of damage to the environment that hinder efficient and effective prosecution...

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Waste Crime

Waste Crime

A working group exploring the major causes of non-compliance with the Waste Shipment Regulation (1013/2006) and the issues these create for efficient and effective prosecution and adjudication.

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Air Pollution

Air Pollution

The Air Pollution working group was set up to explore the various issues experienced by prosecutors arising from non-compliance with industrial emissions and major accident hazard laws across Europe.

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The Sanctioning, Prosecution and Judicial Practice working group is building on recent studies into the range of criminal and administrative enforcement responses in use throughout Europe.

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LIFE-ENPE waste crime and air pollution Working Group workshops, Nicosia, Cyprus 28-29 March 2019

The European Network of Prosecutors for the Environment (ENPE) promotes the enforcement of environmental criminal law by supporting the operational work of environmental prosecutors. Through the EU LIFE programme, ENPE is managing a five-year project to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of prosecution of environmental crimes through its LIFE-ENPE Working Groups. The LIFE-ENPE waste and air pollution Working Groups held a combination of 2 workshops in Nicosia, Cyprus on the 28-29 March 2019.

ENPE Events

ENPE workshops

The LIFE-ENPE Working Groups 2 (waste crimes) and 3 (air pollution) are each holding a 1-day awareness raising and training workshop at the Ministry of Finance, Nicosia, Cyprus on the 28 & 29 March 2019. The programmes for both days include specialist speakers and case studies as well as interactive group work. More information is included in the notification flyer below.

ENPE Conferences

The 2019 ENPE conference was held in conjunction with Eurojust at their superb conference facility in their head office in The Hague, Netherlands from 28-30 October 2019. The conference started with an 'ice-breaker' event at the impressive panorama Mesdaq museum followed by 2 days of intensive plenary, break-out and facilitated workshops sessions focussing on global collaboration and co-operation in the fight against environmental crime. Four continents were represented in plenary presentations with speakers from Australia, Canada, Brazil, China and Europe providing fascinating insight into how environmental crimes are tackled by prosecutors in different jurisdictions. All delegates were given an insight into how we might improve our global collaboration through awareness of cultural and regional differences. We were delighted to report that the event was well received with 99 delegates representing 32 countries in attendance over 2 days.

Our 2018 conference was held on the 23 & 24 October 2018, jointly with the Life Reason for Hope project; Life Natura-themis project and the IMPEL Water Pollution Crimes Working Group at the Heraklion Museum of Hatural History in Heraklion, Crete. The conference focused on the protection of endangered specis and habitats and the programme filled up quickly with plenary sessions covering global and international initiatives to tackle wildlife crimes, together with specialist break-out sessions focussing on species protection and examples of successful cases against damage to habitats. The IMPEL Water Pollution Crimes Working Group ran a parallel workshop at the same venue on the second day (24 October 2018) presenting and discussing their findings.

Click the button below to read articles and watch videos recorded during the event.

ENPE Conference 2018 Videos

The first  ENPE conference was held on 27-28 November 2013 in The Hague. ENPE's second conference was held on 12-13 May 2016 in Utrecht, the Netherlands, which brought together four networks, 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), and a pan-European network of police officers focusing on tackling environmental crime (EnviCrimeNet). Follow this link for more detail:

We organised and hosted our second conference on 20 & 21 September 2017, once again together with IMPEL and EnviCrimeNet, at Magdalen College, Oxford - the EU Environmental Crimes Enforcement Networks Conference 2017. 155 delegates attended from across Europe and further afield including China, USA, Canada and Australia with 38 presentations delivered over 2 days of plenary and breakout sessions. An historic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by the three enforcing networks who were hosting the conference, and witnessed by representatives from EUFJE and the EU Directorate General for Environment. This MoU will commit the enforcement networks to strengthening the chain of compliance in the fight against environmental crime. Please see below for the conference programme (pdf download)

Please find below a link here to all of the presentations:

ENPE Conference 2017 Presentations  

ENPE General Meetings

Our next Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on the 23 October, at the end of the first day of the ENPE annual conference at the Natural History Museum of Crete in Heraklion, Crete.

The 2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held in Utrecht at the same time and at the same venue as the Annual conference. It was pleasing to see so many Members attending. Our next General Meeting was an Extraordinary General Meeting to complete the incorporation of ENPE as an International Non-profit Association (ENPE aisbl) on 14 October 2016. Our 2017 Annual General Meeting was held at the EU Environmental Crimes Enforcement Networks Conference on 20 September 2017 at Magdalen College, Oxford, UK. All ENPE Members and Observers and those attending the AGM will have received copies of the minutes. We have also included the AGM minutes, together with the President's and Vice-Presiden't report for 2017 below (pdfs).

Partner Conferences

Our ENPE Life Project Partners, EUFJE, held their 2017 annual conference in Merton College, Oxford on 22 & 23 September 2017.

Their 2018 conference will be held at the National Institute of Justice in Sofia, Bulgaria on 16-17 November. The conference theme is "Training and Specialisation in Environmental Law". More details, including the conference programme and presentations, will be available from the EUFJE website: in due course

IMPEL recently held their Next Generation conference in Zwolle, Netherlands on the 26 September 2018. The conference E-zine, comprising details of the workshops, discussion and presentations is available at conference/index.html 

ENPE Background

In September 2012, in Brussels, representatives from prosecuting bodies in seven European countries came together to establish the European Network of Prosecutors for the Environment (ENPE). The meeting was attended by representatives from the Environment Agency for England, and from similar bodies in Sweden, France, Belgium, Ireland and Germany.

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Become a Member

This website is designed to increase collaboration between environmental prosecutors and to improve the way environmental crime is prosecuted across Europe. Membership is open to any organisation involved in prosecuting environmental crime across Europe. Please follow the link below to learn more about how you can gain access to this resource.

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