Technical support to the northern part of Cyprus on the transposition and implementation of the EU environmental requirements
Client: European Commission / TAIEX
The EU has been working to end the isolation of the Turkish Cypriot community (TCc) since May 2004, when Cyprus joined the EU as a divided country, and to implement the EU environmental acquis in the northern part of Cyprus, should reunification of the island occur. In 2005 the European Commission’s TAIEX facility invited two of Milieu’s senior experts to provide medium-term support to the TCc towards this goal.
The Milieu experts helped to strengthen the overall system of environmental management, developed a strategic plan for approximating the EU environmental requirement, and supported the designation of a number of new sites as special environmental protected areas. They also identified and designed additional programmes of EU technical assistance, including major capacity building projects in the waste management and nature protection sectors.
In 2009 the support shifted to the legal drafting of an environmental framework “law” for the northern part of Cyprus. Milieu’s experts also coordinated a team of Member State public experts with specialist expertise in the fields of nature protection, air quality, chemicals, and industrial pollution control in the drafting of secondary regulations for those sectors.
In addition, training was provided on regulatory impact assessment, i.e., analysis of policy implications of different regulatory choices and how to prepare explanatory memoranda for draft legislation to help build the policy case for adoption. The environmental framework “law” was enacted by the TCc “parliament“ in October 2010.