Information Collection and Impact Assessment of Possible Requirements for Environmental Inspections
The objectives of the report were to provide information on how inspections are currently being undertaken for selected Member States in the policy areas of water, nature protection and CITES so as to identify their strengths and weaknesses. Furthermore, combined with information from other studies, the study developed options that could be taken forward at EU level to strengthen inspection and control and it assessed the impacts of those options.
This study examined the enforcement processes for the six environmental themes in five Member States (DE, ES, PL, SE and UK). The overall conclusions of this baseline analysis are set out below and formed the baseline for impact assessment of the options developed to address the enforcement gaps. The assessment of inspection and enforcement processes, structures and capacities was undertaken within the concept of the ‘control chain’ - a holistic approach to understanding compliance assurance, consisting of inspection/surveillance, enforcement and compliance promotion.