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Public Participation in the EU’s Sustainability Impact Assessments of Trade Agreements

What is the role of civil society actors in the assessment of trade agreements with regards to their sustainability impact? The book chapter authored by Markus Knigge and Nicole Kranz analyses the underlying processes and contexts and makes suggestions for the effective involvement of stakeholders in the assessment process at the EU level.


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Democracy, Stability, Integration – A Sustainable European Neighbourhood Policy?

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28 May 2006
Brussels
Belgium

The current and future impact of the European Union on the sustainable development of its neighbours to the south and east and proposals for the future direction of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) were the themes of this session that took place at the 2006 Annual Conference of the European Foundation Centre (EFC).

During the event an Ecologic Brief on European Neighbourhood Policy , written by Sascha Müller-Kraenner, was launched.

The session was chaired by R. Andreas Kraemer from Ecologic Institute (Germany) and boardRead more

Der Cardoso-Bericht zur Beteiligung der Zivilgesellschaft im System der Vereinten Nationen

The United Nations (UN) are in a crisis not least because of their lack of democratic legitimacy: too many of the member countries are non-democratic, and internal procedures in the UN are unnecessarily closed to public debate and scrutiny. A panel of eminent experts led by Fernando Enrique Cardoso made proposals for reform. In a contribution to a book on the rule of international law in a globalised world, R. Andreas Kraemer assesses the panel's proposals.Read more

RhineNet - Linking-up the public for sustainable water management in the Rhine basin

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18 March 2006
Mexico City
Mexico

The RhineNet project, a multi-stakeholder initiative to foster sustainable water management through strengthening public participation in the Rhine basin, was featured as a local action at the World Water Forum held in Mexico City in March 2006. Nicole Kranz, Fellow with Ecologic, presented the key aspects and lessons learned of RhineNet on behalf of the entire project team in a session organized by the International Network of Basin Organization (INBO) on “Users’ and public participation and common cause in basin management“.Read more

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Public Participation in Integrated Dniester River Basin Management

November 2005 to October 2006

In January 2006, Ilya Trombitsky and Tatiana Sinaeva of Eco-TIRAS, Moldova visited German representatives of administrations and environmental NGO’s active in water management. Public participation was the main focus of several visits to various German water management institutions, organised by Ecologic. Particular emphasis was placed on the networking of environmental organisations. Ecologic supports the Moldavian NGO Eco-Tiras in developing a strategy for public participation in the transboundary river basin management of the Dniester Basin. The Dniester is anRead more

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Public Participation in the RhineNet project

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18 January 2006
Gelsenkirchen
Germany

On the occasion of a conference on the implementation of the Water Framework Directive in North-Rhine Westphalia, Nicole Kranz presented experiences and strategies for public participation in water management in the context of the RhineNet project. Water management experts from different authorities and academia met on 17-18 January 2006 in Gelsenkirchen to discuss their approach towards the further implementation process of the WFD and to thus continue the exchange of experience commenced at previous events. The conference thus provided an important contribution to more transparency and an active involvement of the informed public in implementing the WFD in North-Rhine Westphalia.Read more

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Learning Together to Manage Together

Improving Participation in Water Management
The printed edition of the handbook "Learning together to manage together – improving participation in water management" was published in January 2006. Ecologic actively contributed to the development of the handbook, which is one of the main outputs of the European project Harmonising Collaborative Planning (HarmoniCOP).
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Danube River Basin Stakeholder Conference

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28 June 2005 to 29 June 2005
Budapest
Hungary

On Danube Day 2005, about 100 stakeholders from the entire Danube River Basin convene on 28-29 June 2005 in Budapest on invitation of the International Commission for the Protection of the River Danube (ICPDR). Participants learn about ICPDR activities and provide feedback on the ‘2004 Roof Report’, which had been prepared to meet the official reporting requirements of the EU...Read more

Public Participation in SIAs of Trade Agreements

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16 June 2005
Manchester
United Kingdom

Since 1999, the European Commission has been undertaking a series of Sustainable Impact Assessments (SIAs) of multilateral and regional trade agreements. On invitation, Markus Knigge presented at the EASY-ECO conference, organised by the Impact Assessment Research Centre in the University of Manchester's School of Environment and Development, a paper on the role of civil society engagement in these assessments. The presentation focused on the objectives of stakeholder consultations, methodologies for participation, the interplay with the negotiation process and the impediments for effective participation of civil society.Read more

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Best Practices for Transparency in Export Promotion: Comparing the EulerHermes AG against International Standards

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11 May 2005
Berlin
Germany

Export Credit Agencies like the German EulerHermes AG have often been criticised for their restrictive information disclosure and the lack of participation. Through the recently agreed OECD Common Approaches, a trend towards better and earlier information disclosure has been established; however the actual implementation of this agreement remains to be seen. Benjamin Görlach presented recent developments in a workshop organised by the non-governmental organisation World Economy, Ecology and Development (WEED).Read more

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