Approximation of Legislation and Convergence
Approximation of legislation and convergence, in the EU context, refers to the process of aligning national legislation with the EU acquis. While approximation relates to the transposition and implementation of the entire acquis communautaire as a condition for membership, convergence relates to alignment of legislation of a third country with the EU acquis. Both are challenging processes necessary for accessing the EU, or for establishing the conditions for closer partnership.
Milieu has been involved in the integration process of accession countries since the early 1990s. It continues to support partnership agreements by providing legal and policy advice and technical assistance for the approximation and alignment of legislation in European neighborhood countries. The experience of our team combines a deep knowledge of legislative drafting techniques encompassed with a seasoned approach to institutional and capacity building.
Some of Milieu’s experience includes:
Technical Assistance to support the legal transposition and implementation of the acquis communautaire in the field of environment in the northern part of Cyprus: Milieu provided approximation/convergence advice to assist the government of Northern Cyprus in aligning with the EU environmental requirements, namely through legal drafting and institutional building measures. The final output was a new framework Environmental Law, adopted by the Turkish Cypriot community in October 2011. European Commission/TAIEX, 2005-2011. More info...
Approximation of Croatian water management legislation with the EU water acquis: Our team contributed to developing a Strategy and Action Plan for the approximation of Croatian water legislation with EU water acquis and to prepare legal drafts for the transposition of the EU acquis. EuropeAid, 2006-2007 (through Carlbro).