The participants of the workshop came from the relevant authorities of the EPPA beneficiaries. They represented the beneficiaries’ water management departments, waste treatment departments, and EIA and SEA departments from the relevant Ministries, State Inspectorates, and river basin authorities. Civil society was also represented by Milieukontakt Macedonia and Eko-svest.
Speakers covering multiple water management topics and involvement of civil society in water management were provided by the project. They were complemented by EU Member State speakers from Croatia and Romania, bringing to the fore those countries experience with the transposition and implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive and the Water Framework Directive.
The workshop’s main outputs are:
- Facilitated regional cooperation in transboundary water management and protection of the marine and coastal environment
- Enhanced understanding of the topics, challenges and tasks, and related responsibilities along meeting targets connected with landlocked countries requirements on MSFD and WFD implementation
- Enhanced exchange of experiences within the beneficiary region and between the beneficiary region and EU Member states
- Established contacts between water management practitioners of the beneficiaries, resulting in better regional cooperation
- Identified key obstacles impeding the tasks implementation and related solutions
- Better capacity to deal with the requirements of the relevant EU acquis