It succeeded in adapting the Georgian environmental regulations to the European ones, training specialists and reducing the intervention time in case of industrial accidents
After 21 months, the twinning project on the strengthening of the administrative capabilities of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia has concluded. Its main objective was the approximation and adoption of the environmental regulations of the European Union, in the fields of pollution and industrial hazards.
The programme culminated in legislative reforms for the transposing of European environmental protection regulations, specifically, the development of the Industrial Emissions and Accident Prevention Directive (Seveso), which is already going through parliament for its adoption in the near future.
Within the framework of these directives, personnel from the Georgian administration have been trained on the correct identification and distribution of industrial activity permits to companies, as well as environmental inspectors so that they can ensure compliance with this legislation. The inspectors have new inspection manuals adapted to the European regulations and the reality of Georgia.
Furthermore, it has been possible to reduce the response time, in case of industrial accidents, due to the creation of a computer application for the exchange of data related to industrial activity between companies and public administrations.
The project, financed by the European Union and managed by FIIAPP, had a budget of one million euros, with the leadership of the Ministry of Environment, Territory and Infrastructure of Galicia and the participation of the Dutch Knowledge Centre (InfoMill) of the Ministry of Water Infrastructure and Management of the Netherlands, and of the Environmental Information Agency of the Czech Republic.