News archives 2014
8 December 2014
The European Commission published 30 reports by Milieu Ltd and Timelex. An overview report and 29 national reports analyse national laws on electronic health records and assess their interaction with cross-border eHealth services. The reports offer concrete recommendations for both national and EU actors. See the Commission's website: http://ec.europa.eu/health/ehealth/projects/nationallaws_electronichealthrecords_en.htm
18 November 2014
Milieu has been awarded the Ex-Post Evaluation of Five Programmes implemented under 2007-2013 Financial Perspective
In the period 2007-2013, the Commission has awarded annual grants and procurement contracts to a multitude of beneficiaries who implemented their activities throughout Europe in the areas of: civil and criminal justice; fundamental rights and citizenship; violence against children, young people and women; and drugs. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the implementation of these activities and their results, and to assess the impact of these projects and of EU funding in the respective policy areas
17 November 2014
A 2013 report by ICF GHK and Milieu Ltd., has been referenced in the Economist and Le Monde!
The European Court ruled to allow national governments to exclude EU migrants from such benefits if they come solely to claim welfare. The 2013 report by ICF GHK and Milieu found that intra-EU migrants aged 15 years and older had doubled in a decade to 3.2% of the total population. The share of inactive migrants (pensioners and students, as well as jobseekers) also doubled, to 1.3%. Non-contributory benefit payments to immigrants account for between 1% and 5% of all benefits paid in Germany, France, Sweden, the Netherlands, and over 5% in Belgium and Ireland.Further information in the Economist and la Monde respectively at: http://www.economist.com/news/europe/21632571-european-court-justice-lets-governments-restrict-migrant-benefits-benefits-tourism-not-ok and http://www.lemonde.fr/les-decodeurs/article/2014/11/12/que-change-la-decision-de-justice-europeenne-contre-le-tourisme-social_4522521_4355770.html
4 November 2014
Milieu awarded DG Environment project to carry out the ‘Evaluation Study to Support the Fitness Check of the Birds and Habitats Directive
Milieu, in cooperation with IEEP, ICF International, and Ecosystems, has been selected by DG Environment to carry out the ‘Evaluation Study to Support the Fitness Check of the Birds and Habitats Directive’. The purpose of the evaluation study is to support the fitness check of two pieces of legislation which provide a common framework for nature protection within the EU: the Birds and the Habitats Directives. The evaluation study will assess the effectiveness, efficiency, coherence, relevance and added value of these Directives. It will provide evidence-based critical analysis regarding how well EU nature legislation has performed, and provide recommendations for policy and legislative actions, specifically on the future of the relevant regulatory framework. The ultimate objective is to promote better legislation which is more responsive to existing and future challenges, and to help improve its implementation.
The fitness check will identify excessive administrative burdens, overlaps, gaps, inconsistencies and/or obsolete measures - taking into account the cumulative impact of EU legislation. For the evaluation study, the implementation of the two Directives in the 28 EU Member States will be assessed, with a particular focus on the costs of implementation and non-implementation, as well as the administrative burden of implementation. Given the importance of the study, the views of stakeholders are particularly important for the assessment. Therefore, the study will include a public internet consultation, stakeholder interviews and detailed assessment of certain Member States which would require stakeholder meetings. The work is expected to be completed in early 2016.
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27 October 2014
Milieu welcomes Irene Tringidou!
Irene joins Milieu as a business development intern. She is a national of Cyprus where she studied Greek language and literatureat the University of Athens (BA degree) and also gained an M.A. in International Studies at the University of Sheffield, UK. Welcome Irene!
25 October 2014
Welcome to Natalie Lundquist!
Natalie is a Danish national and has a Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Laws from the University of Copenhagen. Recently, she also gained an M.A. in Global Development Policy from Boston University, with an academic focus on international law, environmental policy, and sustainable development. Welcome Natalie.
24 October 2014
Milieu welcomes Katharina Peschen as a policy advisor!
Katharina is a German national. She has been working for Jutta Haug MEP for the last four and a half years, advising her on a large range of environmental legislation with a focus on waste policy. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Osnabrueck in Germany and a Master’s degree from Sciences Po in Paris. Welcome Katharina!
18 October 2014
Welcome to Milieu Marianne Gierow!
Marianne is a Swedish-French national with policy and legal experience in the fields of asylum and migration. She holds an LLM in European Law from Uppsala University and also attended Sciences Po Paris where she studied public international law, political sciences and international relations.
16 October 2014
Milieu welcomes Brittni Geny as operations intern
Brittni is an American national who has taken on the role of operations and administration intern at Milieu. She holds a Master’s degree in International Business from KEDGE Business School in Bordeaux, France, where, she specialised in geopolitics, corporate strategy, finance and supply chain. Her thesis explored gender differences in risk aversion among top executives.
14 October 2014
Milieu welcomes Ana Gómez-Rojo!
Anna is a legal intern at Milieu. She previously collaborated with Milieu as a national expert on the conformity study between Directive 2011/70/Euratom and the Spanish legislation on the safe management of radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuels. Welcome!
8 October 2014
Welcome to Milieu, Miroslav Hrstka!
Miroslav is a Czech national with extensive work experience in various areas of European law. Miroslav worked as a lawyer-linguist in the European Parliament where he followed the work of JURI and LIBE Committees, coordinated legislative files through the whole legislative procedure and provided tailored-made drafting advice.
7 October 2014
Milieu welcomes Gaia Pisani!
Gaia is a lawyer with experience in environmental law, i.e. agricultural biotechnologies and risk regulation. She also worked as a consultant for the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation in Rome, where she co-authored a toolkit of best practices for policy-makers, businesses and consumers with the aim of reducing food losses and waste at all levels of the supply chain and, ultimately, reduce the environmental footprint of food wastage.
6 October 2014
DG Environment has contracted Milieu Ltd to carry out a study on the environmental and economic benefits for the European Union of strengthening cooperation with the Latin America (LA) region in the field of environment.
The LA region is increasingly seen as a region meriting closer attention, and the priorities for EU-LA cooperation include an ambitious cooperation programme in the fields of sustainable development, climate change, biodiversity and energy. The purpose of the study is to ascertain the environmental and economic benefits that the EU would accrue from strengthening cooperation with the LA region. As part of the study, Milieu will assess the EU-LA cooperation possibilities presented by the different existing and future agreements and consider how these can enhance a range of possible environmental and economic benefits, such as strengthening environmental integration at global level, access to markets, investments, environmentally sustainable business opportunities and cleaner production.
1 October 2014
Milieu awarded DG ENV contract
DG Environment has contracted Milieu Ltd to carry out a study on the environmental and economic benefits for the European Union of strengthening cooperation with the Latin America (LA) region in the field of environment. The LA region is increasingly seen as a region meriting closer attention, and the priorities for EU-LA cooperation include an ambitious cooperation programme in the fields of sustainable development, climate change, biodiversity and energy. The purpose of the study is to ascertain the environmental and economic benefits that the EU would accrue from strengthening cooperation with the LA region. As part of the study, Milieu will assess the EU-LA cooperation possibilities presented by the different existing and future agreements and consider how these can enhance a range of possible environmental and economic benefits, such as strengthening environmental integration at global level, access to markets, investments, environmentally sustainable business opportunities and cleaner production.
20 September 2014
Eco labels for the natural and organic cosmetics' sector
Milieu’s role is to assess the legal and regulatory framework regulating environmental claims and specifically the Codes of Conduct adopted in EU Member States sectorally, or in general, for the marketing of products regarding their environmental performance.
The analysis also presents a comparative overview to highlight the main trends in regulating environmental claims. In addition, Milieu is responsible for carrying out the assessment of existing environmental claims, including text, logos and labels in relation to their compliance with the principles and requirements derived from the unfair commercial practices Directive (UCPD) and its implementation through the Guidance document.
This analysis includes the assessment of compliance with the prohibition of using misleading claims, whether objective, subjective, misleading, not substantiated, lacking transparency or not, providing the consumer with the necessary information to ensure a their environmental benefits are fully comprehensible to the consumer. The analysis covers other pieces of EU legislation which provide the framework for additional criteria for the compliance assessment such as the Commission guidelines for voluntary food labelling schemes .
In addition, Milieu also participates in the assessment of the enforcement general and specific regimes to ensure implementation of the requirements established by the EU and national legislation regarding environmental claims.
18 September 2014
TA Results Indicators project
Milieu has been selected by the European Investment Bank (EIB) to assist in the development and use of results indicators for the EIB’s Technical Assistance (TA) work outside the EU (ACP and other non-EU countries). The EIB’s uses TA to accompany its lending operations, or to provide both up- and downstream advice within the EIB project cycle, in support of EIB policy objectives. As part of ongoing efforts to strengthen overall development impact and to respond to the Bank’s priority to acquire concrete insights to relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability of its TA portfolio, as well as its own performance, the EIB seeks to develop indicators for a better and more concrete specification of the TA results. A measured articulation of results, where possible, will not only contribute to learning and knowledge but also to enable the Bank’s operational staff to manage for results in a transparent manner with increased accountability. Furthermore, it will allow effective, comprehensive, timely and insightful reporting, which will enrich monitoring practices and strategic decision-making.
15 September 2014
Welcome Georgios Papanagnou!
Georgios has over 5 years experience in policy analysis and project management: UN system, EU affairs, Science-Policy links, Sustainable Development and Communication. Milieu welcomes Georgios as a policy advisor.
10 September 2014
Milieu welcomes Zuzana Lukacova as a policy researcher
Suzie studied Law in Slovakia and went on to receive a Masters in Environmental Law and Policy from Canterbury University.
28 August 2014
Evaluation of Green for Growth Fund
Milieu will carry out the biennial assessment of the Environmental & Social (E&S) performance of the Fund and its Partner Institutions (PI). The assessment is to review:
- the E&S risk of GGF current portfolio, by sector and/or types of sub-borrowers
- the extent of compliance to E&S standards of PI (Financial Institutes (FI) and Non FI)
The assessment is based on a sample of PIs in Serbia and Albania and include both FI and Non FI - only one currently, Lengarica & Energy sh.p.k.
Framework service contract awarded to Milieu
Milieu was awarded a framework service contract for the provision of data collection and research services on fundamental rights issues (FRANET) in Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Lot 29 EU and International level comaparative analysis.
20 August 2014
Milieu welcomes Sarine Barsoumian as Project Coordinator
Sarine has been working in the field of environmental industrial competitiveness and eco-innovation, in the areas of policy, science communication, dissemination, exploitation and research-to-market activities.
18 August 2014
Welcome Gillian Kelly!
Gillian Kelly is an Irish national who joined Milieu in June 2014 as a Legal Intern. She has extensive experience in justice and fundamental rights.
15 August 2014
Michele Morel joins Milieu as a legal intern
Her areas of expertise and interest include: human rights, asylum and migration, detention; public international law and EU law; International and European human rights law; refugee law and the law of displacement; Belgian asylum and migration law; international organisations and development cooperation.
11 August 2014
Economist joins Milieu
Milieu is pleased to welcome Sandra Planes-Satorra as an Economist. Sandra has experience working in the area of economic analysis and policy evaluation in different public administrations. She worked as an Economic Analyst at the European Commission (Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport), where she was member of the DG MOVE Evaluation Function. Welcome Sandra
4 August 2014
Milieu would like to welcome Valentina Mabilia as a Legal Intern
Valentina is a monitoring and evaluation expert with extensive experience in the field of justice and fundamental rights. Welcome Valentina!
31 July 2014
Police and Judicial cooperation in criminal matters and data protection - Fwc EP Justice Lot 5
Milieu was awarded this project with the aim of providing the European Parliament with independent expertise in the areas of civil liberties, justice and home affairs. In particular the aim of the assignment is to address specific issues in the areas of Police and Judicial Cooperation in Criminal Matters and Data Protection in form of ad-hoc briefing papers. These policy briefings will be used to scale the scope of new challenges in the area, to compile data and knowledge, to determine costs and benefits of EU actions and on non-Europe and to outline and evaluate policies and legislation. The work conducted during the duration of the project will be used by the European Parliament’s LIBE Committee.
28 July 2014
A new strategy for gender equality post-2015
Upon request by the FEMM Committee, this report will examine the current situation with respect to the extent of violence against women - its causes and risk factors. The report will consider EU and international obligations and actions to eliminate violence against women and assist victims before drawing conclusions on strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for action in the coming years. It will also address the particular situation of Roma women and women with disabilities.
Other Milieu project awards this month:
- Evaluation of Regulation 1, 2003 - Access to file Complaints
- Policies for children with disabilities (additional 11 countries)
- Eib FWC Complaints mechanism Lots 1, 2 & 3
- Right to independent living for persons with disabilities BE, IE
- National intelligence authorities and surveillance in the EU BE, IE
- Mid-term evaluation of the urban adaptation initiative within the framework of Covenant of Mayors
- Conformity checking - Call 6
- ETS aviation follow-up Belgium (Conf checking call 1)
Milieu welcomes Veronique Chappelart as a legal advisor
Véronique is a French lawyer specialising in European Law. She has extensive experience on EU governance, EU Fundamental rights, Competition Law and Intellectual Property Law. Welcome Veronique!
7 July 2014
Milieu welcomes Adela Dumbravan as a legal advisor
Adela is a human rights professional with major interests in European law and public international law, conflict prevention and civil society participation in decision-making processes.
1 July 2014
New business development team member
Paola Trucco joins Milieu's business development team. She has functional & technical expertise in: Project Management, Public Tendering and Proposal Writing, Building Partnerships and Consortia, Economic Analysis, Desk Research and Interviews, Report Writing, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. She also has EU specific experience in EU Energy and Climate Change Policies, EU R&D Funding Mechanisms, Ex-ante/Ex-post Impact Assessment, and Policy Evaluation.
Milieu project awards
- Gender equality - collection of information and provisions of research services in Romania (Lot 23), Bulgaria (Lot 3), Croatia (Lot 4)
- Implementing Directive 2012/27/EU on energy efficiency
- Alcohol and Health Forum (2014)
- EEA - EU Policies and their impact on land use
- Cost of Non-Europe Assessment of EU Water Policies
1 June 2014
Natural Capital Accounting (NCA)
In support of the EU goal to develop NCA, this project develops the EU reference document for natural capital accounting which provides a conceptual methodology, an overview of EU and Member States' initiatives, and the steps to be taken to develop a natural capital accounting system.
Several EU policy documents, notably the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 and the 7th EU Environmental Action Programme (7EAP), set goals and called for EU and Member State actions on Natural Capital Accounting (NCA). NCA is one of the six areas of the European initiative on Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services (MAES).
Natural capital includes biotic resources such as fish and timber, as well as the regulation and protective capacities that ecosystems provide, e.g. climate regulation, water supply and flood protection. Despite the value of natural capital to society and the economy, and the growing degradation and scarcity of many aspects of natural capital, economic accounting does not address natural capital properly. The depletion or degradation of natural capital through pollution, resource extraction and ecosystem degradation is not accounted for ‒ whilst the income from the resources is. As a result, a false picture of our ‘wealth’ is produced. Natural capital accounting methods seek to address this shortfall. The development of natural capital accounts can, over time, offer further indication of the state of natural capital and its related changes ‒ including the drivers of degradation, which can help inform policies to reduce pressures, conserve and restore biodiversity and facilitate the integration of natural capital into other policies.
Milieu project awards
- Fundamental Rights issues in border management BE
- The impact of the crisis on fundamental rights across EU
- Workshop on Low Emission Zones (expert services)
- Control & regulation of pesticides and biocides, Brazil
- Water-Energy NexusEx-Post Impact Assessment
- 3rd Maritme Safety Package
- Conformity checking - Call 5
- FWC for consultancy services in the environment and regional development sectors, Lot 1
21 May 2014
Milieu and DG Climate Action
This week Milieu is organising the ‘Climate-ADAPT science/policy forum: workshops for the dissemination and exchange of adaptation-related knowledge to policymakers’ in Riga and Bucharest. Milieu is implementing this project for DG Climate Action which aims to contribute to the implementation of the EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change. Particularly, the project activities will benefit Member States that require additional support in advancing climate change adaptation action that is consistent with, and based on, the best available knowledge. The events this week in Latvia and Romania will bring together policy makers from different levels of governance, environmental agencies, researchers and NGOs, to discuss the key challenges and ways forward for adaptation policy planning and implementation.
Under this project, there will be 8 workshops involving 12 countries. The first workshops have already taken place in Sofia and in Prague. In the coming months, events will follow in Poland, Hungary, Croatia and Greece.
In addition to Milieu’s experts, the project team includes experts from InterSus, IEEP, ELLE and OIKOS.
Milieu project awards
- Waste Planning - Ireland
- Human Traffic Lot 1
- Natural Capital Accounting
- EEA 7th Env Action Programme
14 April 2014
Business Development administrator
Welcome to Halley Peters! She is a lawyer from the US with an extensive background in business and international relations.
10 April 2014
Milieu is pleased to welcome Michael Omescu. He is a Romanian National who has business development and sales experience in Belgium, coordinating the expansion strategy of RINF (a Romanian IT service company) outsourcing solutions to the Belgium Market. Welcome Michael.
1 April 2014
National judicial systems for the application of EU competition law rules
The study that Milieu conducted in cooperation with ICF-GHK on the functioning of the national judicial systems for the application of EU competition law rules has just been published and is available at http://ec.europa.eu/justice/effective-justice/files/final_report_competition_and_eu_28_member_states_factsheets_en.pdf. The results of our study have also been included in the 2014 EU Justice Scoreboard (http://ec.europa.eu/justice/newsroom/effective-justice/news/140317_en.htm)
Milieu project awards
- Implementation of Timber Regulations
- Workshop on "Prevention and healthy life"
24 March 2014
Senior Legal Advisor
We welcome Aleksandra Ivankovic-Tamamovic to Milieu as Senior Legal Advisor. She is a citizen of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia. She is an international human rights lawyer, with specialisation in European human rights and human rights of women.
Aleksandra spent four years in Strasbourg, France, working as a lawyer in the Registry of the European Court of Human Rights and several years in Budapest, Hungary, where she was responsible for the strategic litigation docket of the Mental Disability Advocacy Center (MDAC), an international human rights NGO protecting human rights of people with psycho-social and intellectual disabilities, and where she represented adults and children with disabilities from a number of European states before various international institutions in their struggle for justice. Welcome Aleksandra.
19 March 2014
LGBTI Roadmap Study announcement
“Ulrike Lunacek, who received the outstanding achievement award for her sterling work as rapporteur on the EU roadmap against homophobia and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity, was unable to attend but recorded a video message which was played on the night.
"Fear and scaremongering have to become a thing of the past," said the Austrian MEP, who warned that within Europe, "gay and lesbian people sometimes are still afraid to walk in the streets hand-in-hand with their loved ones".
"This has to stop", she said, adding that "some LGBT people were afraid to say on a Monday morning who they went with to the movies with on a Sunday evening because they are afraid of losing their job, because they afraid of being thrown out of school, because they are afraid of being thrown out of their families".
Lunacek, who heads parliament's LGBT intergroup, expressed her "heartfelt gratitude" at receiving the award, stressing that it was "so important that the European parliament made it clear that homophobia has no place in Europe".
Milieu has been awarded a project for the European Parliament under our Framework Contract for External Services in the Fields of Impact Assessment and European Added Value.
The aim of the project is to ascertain the existing legal, administrative and other barriers that prevent cross-border volunteering activities from delivering their full potential; to examine the legislative actions requested in the Scurria reports; to assess and quantify the cost of non-action in political and economic terms, i.e. Cost of Non-Europe, and to develop options for how an EU Statute for Voluntary Associations could be established (including a cost-estimate per option and a possible roadmap).
The European Parliament has awarded Milieu with the project on ‘Cost of non-Europe report on the Codification of Passenger Rights’. Over the last decade, the EU has adopted legislation on passenger rights across all four main modes of transportation – air travel, land, rail, and maritime to protect passengers. Despite these advances in consumer rights, there remain gaps and inconsistencies in the legislation covering passengers in the four main transport modes. The research paper will analyse costs to citizens, businesses and other relevant stakeholders in the absence of a consolidated framework for passenger rights (a code), and analyse the feasibility and the merits of such a code.
Milieu project awards
- Passenger Rights
- Non-Europe Report on Volunteering
- WB Macedonia - Compliance with nature protection
- FWC Science and Technology Assessment (STOA)
- FWC DG Move Lot 3 Impact assessment and evaluation
- Impact asssesment & European added value lot 3 ENV, Public Health
- Workshop on 'Towards a European Cancer Information System'
Milieu has been contracted by the Power Plants Company of FYR of Macedonia (ELEM) under a World Bank financed contract to conduct an independent Legal Review of the legal validity of the “Lukovo Pole” Renewable Energy Project. This World Bank project concerns construction of a hydropower plant in the Mavrovo National Park. The legal validity of the project was questioned by Macedonian and International Civil Society Organisations, regarding the legislation on protected areas in Macedonia. ELEM, the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning and the World Bank agreed to conduct an independent legal review of the project’s compliance with the legislative framework, including the due process.
The European Commission has awarded Milieu, together with KU Leuven, IRIS University Ghent, Szeged University and Eftheia, a new project: ‘Network of experts on intra-EU mobility – social security coordination and free movement of workers. Lot 2: Statistics and compilation of national data / EC-DG EMPL project VC/2013/0301’.
Intra-EU mobility can raise the overall EU GDP if it improves labour allocation through a better match of workers’ skills and job vacancies, which would boost overall productivity. Nonetheless, a number of media throughout Europe reported criticism of citizens’ rights to free movement. Quantifying the phenomenon of free movement to be able to take into consideration the scale of the issue will help to better target EU action.
Milieu is in charge of assisting the Commission with the collection and qualitative and quantitative analysis of data sources on EU citizens residing and/or working in other EU Member States by:
- updating yearly a Compendium of national data sources; and
- preparing an annual report on main trends (stocks and flows) in the number of EU citizens residing and/or working in another Member State.
Milieu is currently implementing a project for DG Climate Action ‘Climate-ADAPT science/policy forum: workshops for the dissemination and exchange of adaptation-related knowledge to policymakers’. The overarching objective of the project is to contribute to the implementation of the EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change. Particularly, the project activities will benefit Member States that require additional support in advancing climate change adaptation action that is consistent with, and based on, the best available knowledge. The objective will be achieved through Member State country-level science-policy forum events, where knowledge and information will be exchanged between key Member State stakeholder groups and the EU. An important tool for the successful implementation of the project will be the dissemination of information available through the Climate-ADAPT portal. In addition to Milieu’s experts, the project team will include experts from InterSus, IEEP, ELLE and OIKOS.
Milieu project awards
- Severe forms of labour exploitation BE, IE
- EU mapping of child protection systems BE, IE
- Energy & Climate Change policy LOT 4 FWC
- Research & innovation Policy LOT 3 FWC
- ICT & Digital Agenda Lot 2 FWC
- Industrial Policy Lot 1 FWC
- Flood directive Implementation
- Technical assistance for the implementation of PIC
- Expanding Urban wastewater SIID via the development of SIIF infringements
- Workshop in discrimination in healthcare
The European Parliament has awarded Milieu a new project: ‘European Citizens’ Initiative - First lessons of implementation’. The European Citizen Initiative (ECI) has the potential to become a popular tool for participatory democracy in the EU and it can be a key instrument for promoting the transnational dimension of the European policy dialogue. The aim of the study is to:
- Identify obstacles organisers face in setting up and running a ECI;
- Gather possible solutions to overcome such obstacles;
- Put forward recommendations for improving the functioning of the ECI as an effective tool for participatory democracy in the EU.
The European Commission has published Milieu’s study ‘Evaluation of EU rules on free movement of EU citizens and their family members and their practical implementation – Module 2’, on access to higher education. The national reports of this study provide details on the application of national rules for assessing the treatment of non-national EU students in comparison with that of national students. The study identifies the measures taken by Member States in relation to:
- the conditions governing access to higher education for EU students in other Member States;
- the conditions governing access to study finance (maintenance aid, aid for tuition fees and non-monetary aid) and its portability for EU students in other Member States.
The study is available at: http://ec.europa.eu/education/library/study/2013/free-movement_en.pdf
Milieu Ltd is carrying out a study on the ‘Analysis of measures geared to the sustainable use of biocidal products’ for DG Environment. The study aims to provide information on how the Biocidal Products Regulation (528/2012) contributes to the sustainable use of biocides, in order to feed into the Commission’s report to the European Parliament and the Council which is due by July next year. In particular, the study will consider best practices in reducing the use of biocidal products to a minimum, approaches to monitoring the use of biocidal products, and whether or not there is a need for additional provisions regulating professional users or to address risks posed by the use of biocidal products in specific areas, amongst other issues. In addition, the study will analyse tools that could be used to stimulate innovation, such as the possibility of attributing an eco-label to biocidal products or the use of voluntary schemes highlighting the ‘green profile’ of certain biocidal products. Josephine Armstrong is project managing this work for Milieu under the direction of Claire Dupont.
Milieu Ltd is working alongside Europe Economics in providing support to DG Internal Market and Services in the review by the Commission, of the implementation and effectiveness of Directive 2007/66/EC. The Directive revised the specific review and remedy procedures which apply under the Public Procurement Directives by making a number of changes to improve the effectiveness of review procedures. These included introducing a standstill period during which time bidders can ask for a review before the contract is signed, giving national review bodies the power to render a contract ‘ineffective’ under certain conditions, and making provision for alternative penalties. The study will involve national legal research and data collection on the number and type of review procedures initiated and concluded in the last four years (2009-2012) within each MemberState, in order to provide a factual basis for the Commission’s review of the Directive. Josephine Armstrong is project managing this work for Milieu under the direction of Claire Dupont.
For the second time, Milieu has been awarded the contract to support the Commission with the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD, 2008/56/EC). The MSFD is the first encompassing piece of EU legislation specifically aimed at the protection of the marine environment. The Directive involves many implementation challenges, which are addressed through a Common Implementation Strategy (CIS), where the Commission, Member States and experts are collaborating to discuss and resolve various issues linked to the application of the Directive, resulting in technical guidance, and reports.
The Consortium led by Milieu, and comprising of several leading companies in the field of the marine environment, has already been supporting the Commission with the implementation of the MSFD from 2010 to 2013, by developing the methodology and carrying out the assessment of Member States’ reports on the first phase of implementation of the Directive - namely the initial assessment of their marine waters, the definition of the good environmental status of these waters, and setting associated environmental targets. Under the new contract, the work of the Milieu Consortium will focus on providing support to the Commission for the next phases of the MSFD implementation: the development of monitoring programmes and programmes of measures.
The Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive (UWWTD) came into force in 1991, but is still not fully implemented. Problems in the implementation of the EU has led to a high level of citizen complaints and more than 20 infringement cases brought to the European Court of Justice.
Yet, the handling of information received under infringement procedures is not straightforward. The information often is bulky, structured in a limited way with little reference to earlier reported information, e.g. on river and bathing water quality or on the use of EU funds for the construction of individual agglomerations and plants. The objective of this contract is to develop a new information system to better handle the required information under UWWTD infringement procedures. The new information system will be a module of the “Shared Implementation and Information Framework” (SIIF), which on its will be further developed in parallel to this project.
17th January 2014
We welcome Giuseppe Nastasi to Milieu as a Legal Advisor. He is an Italian National and has well-established expertise in European law and environmental policies. He joins us from his previous post as legal advisor at ClientEarth, Brussels. Welcome Giuseppe.
16th January 2014
Milieu welcomes Jelena Milovanovic as a Legal Intern. Jelena is a Serbian national. She recently worked at the Council of Bars and Law Societies in Europe (CCBE), focussing on Rule of Law issues and legal reform in Central and Eastern Europe. Welcome Jelena.
15th January 2014
Milieu is pleased to welcome Sandra Bernick as Impact Assessment/Economics Stagiaire. She is a German Citizen. Sandra was a research assistant at London Economics (consultants), prior to joining us here. Sandra specialises in Environmental Economics. Welcome Sandra.
14th January 2014
Milieu welcomes Alexandru Zaciu as a legal intern. He is a Romanian National and a lawyer with experience in European justice and fundamental rights issues gained in the EU, international, governmental and private sectors. Welcome Alexandru.
7th January 2014
Yoline Kuipers joins us as Project Co-ordinator. She is a Dutch National and was the project and advocacy co-ordinator at EuroHealthNet working to promote health equity and social inclusion. Yoline brings extensive experience in project development, strategic planning, research and communications. Welcome Yoline.
6th January 2014
Milieu is pleased to welcome Ms. Sarah O’Brien who has recently joined us as a Policy Advisor. Sarah is an Australian who was previously with the Enhesa Policy Center in Brussels. Sarah has extensive experience as a consultant in environmental and climate change policy . Welcome Sarah.
1st January 2014
Milieu is pleased to welcome Dani Mayes who joins us as Editor. Dani is a native English speaker with a post-doc background in Polar, marine and freshwater research and work experience in the areas of agriculture, fisheries, plant science and education. She also has excellent experience in scientific and technical communications. Welcome Dani.