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13 May 2009
Werner Heermann

Agenda of the workshop on European Nature Protection and Water Protection Law in cooperation with European Commission, Directorate General Environment (DGENV) and the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)

Venue: National Institute of Justice, 14, Ekzarh Yossif Str., BG 1301 Sofia

Date: 28 – 29 May 2009

Draft agenda

Thursday 28 May

1st part: General Issues

- 9:00 – 9:15 Welcome by the hosting Association of Bulgarian Administrative Judges
- 9.15 – 9:30 Introduction by Werner HEERMANN chair of the AEAJ working group Environmental Law
- 9:30 – 9:45 Presentation of the EIPA training programme by Ralf JÜLICH (Member of the EIPA Project Management Team, Leader of Nature Protection

- 9:45 -10:30 Marc CLEMENT (DGENV)
Implementation of EC environmental law into national law, see COM(2008)773/4
Problems, shortcomings, ways of improvement
- 10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break

2nd part: Case Studies

The case studies run as follows: Presentation of the facts, legal framework and administrative procedure by the speaker, discussion of the legal topics and the solution by groups of about 8 persons, presentation of the solution by each group, discussion in plenary, explanation of the national court’s judgement by the speaker

- 11:00 – 12:30 Emil WARIS (Finland)
Application of the Wild Birds Directive (79/409/EEC) illustrated by two cases (see appendix 1)
Main topics: Legal standing, deviation from the protection

- 12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
- 14:00 – 15:30 Anna BERCZI (Hungary)
Natura 2000 (Directive 92/43/EEC), Environmental Impact Assessment Directive (85/337/EEC), Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC), Groundwater Directive (2006/118/EC), illustrated by a case concerning conflict with national defence, location of a NATO radar (see appendix 2)
- 15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break
- 16:00 – 17:30 Dieter BECK (Austria)
Waste water management illustrated by a case (see appendix 3)

Friday 29 May

3rd part: Bulgarian Cases

- 9:00 – 9:30 Ralf JÜLICH (EIPA)
Introduction to Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
- 9: 30 - 12:00 Rumyana PAPAZOVA (Bulgaria)
EIA, constructions in the area of the Rila Monastery, appeal of a NGO, Balkani Wildlife Society (see appendix 4)
- Discussion on other cases occurred in Bulgarian judicial practice (see appendix 5)