Make it Work in Central and Eastern Europe (MiW-CEE)

Make it Work in Central and Eastern Europe (MiW-CEE)

Source of funding

The Netherlands

Name of client/donor

Ministry of the Environment, The Netherlands

Overall project value

EUR 50,000


January 2017 – December 2017

Beneficiary countries

Hungary | Romania | Slovakia

Number of staff


With 12 years’ experience of EU law, the “new” European Union member states in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) are now at a stage when they can begin to evaluate the related results and challenges. The different legal, political and geographical contexts of these CEE countries can provide insights into the limitations and strengths of EU law that should be taken into consideration during the drafting and planning process of revised or new legislation.

The project “Make it Work in Central and Eastern Europe (MiW-CEE)” targets Hungary, Romania and Slovakia and feeds into the work of the MiW initiative, a project at EU level that aims to make it simpler for member states to implement EU environmental legislation, and easier for businesses and others to achieve compliance.

The project aims to:

  • map the major obstacles and difficulties faced by representatives from Hungary, Romania and Slovakia in implementing key EU environmental legislation;
  • identify the main reasons for these obstacles, including gaps in expertise; and
  • propose possible solutions.

The MiW-CEE project will focus on selected key pieces of EU environmental legislation relevant to eco-innovation and circular economy.

Based on questionnaires, interviews and desk research, the project will explore the major gaps between current and required levels of implementation, as well as determine the main obstacles faced by the countries, on both the vertical level (stemming from the EU’s regulatory burdens, such as legal complexity or contradictory EU legislation); and the horizontal level (e.g. countries’ lack of capacity and expertise).

The results will be compiled into a snapshot review, to be discussed in the framework of a workshop involving the participating CEE countries. This event will offer a platform for exchanging experience and reaching a common position on possible solutions for mitigating identified bottlenecks.

  • Carrying out research and designing a questionnaire
  • Mapping the situation: Preparing a snapshot review based on the research, the results of the questionnaires, and interviews
  • Organising a workshop: Discussing the results of the research and formulating recommendations in the form of a statement
  • Reporting to policy makers via the snapshot review and the recommendations statement.
  • Research
  • Study drafting
  • Event organisation
  • Report writing