To formalise cooperation between the European Union Network for the Implementation and Enforcement of Environmental Law (IMPEL) and the Themis Network, whose secretariat is hosted by the Regional Environmental Center (REC), both networks signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) at the most recent IMPEL General Assembly. The networks share common goals and objectives with regard to environmental protection and sustainable development in Europe and its neighbouring regions. IMPEL and the REC are convinced of the importance of contributing to protection of the environment through the effective implementation and enforcement of European environmental law.
The agreement concerns the exchange of information, participation in each other's activities and meetings, and shared use of tools.
"Following on the regular and constructive cooperation between the REC and IMPEL over the past years, we are very proud to sign this memorandum of understanding with IMPEL," said REC Executive Director Marta Szigeti Bonifert. "It represents a step into the future: one in which we will grow stronger and support each other in the shared goal of improving environmental governance in Europe, both inside the EU and within neighboring regions. The REC has been especially active with the THEMIS network in managing natural resources and combating environmental crime, and is therefore a natural partner with IMPEL. The REC and Themis Network hopes to benefit from intense mutual advisory support, exchange of information and best practices. By capitalising on each other's work, we will reach further. We look forward to starting the groundwork."
"IMPEL is excited about this collaboration agreement," added IMPEL Vice-Chair Chris Kijkens. "Cooperating with the Themis Network will not only enable the sharing of skills and knowledge amongst each other's members, but also opens the door to other countries in the region who are not a member of IMPEL. Further, it creates wider opportunities to promote IMPEL products and tools."