The project EU Environment Partnership Programme for Accession (EPPA) in the Western Balkans and Turkey seeks to be a major driver of reform and development in environmental governance through compliance with the EU environmental acquis. The programme will build on the results of the RENA and ECRAN programmes by furthering the regional cooperation and strengthening the administrative capacities of the beneficiaries. Regional cooperation provides the framework for sharing knowledge, expertise and good practices, and for addressing common environmental problems in a more sustainable and efficient way. It is also a way to encourage beneficiaries to look towards more sustainable consumption and production patterns, more resource efficiency and the implementation of circular economy principles.
The overall objective of the programme is to strengthen the implementation of the EU environmental acquis in the Western Balkans and Turkey in areas relevant for addressing trans-boundary environmental issues.
The purpose of the project is to assist the European Commission in providing the Secretariat of the EU Environment Partnership Programme for Accession (EPPA).
The Project Duration:
February 13, 2019 – February 13, 2022 (36 months)
Ministries of Environment of the beneficiary countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey)
The activities of the EPPA Secretariat will be implemented through the system of Working Groups (WG) and Working Sub-Groups (WSG) coordination as indicated in the below scheme.
 This designation is without prejudice to position on status, and is in line with the UNSCR 1244/99 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence