On the 4th of February 2019, the official kick-off meeting for projects funded by DG Home on safety and security took place in Brussels. The WasteForce project, funded by the Internal Security Fund – Police, was represented by its project coordinator, Ms Nancy Isarin from IMPEL and co-lead project coordinator, Mrs. Vittoria Luda di Cortimiglia from the United Nations University. In total 145 projects were represented, of which three of them relate to Environmental Crime and the WasteForce project the only project focusing on waste.
The plenary session was adressed by the Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos. DG Home stressed the importance of the projects, the transnational aspects of their work and facilitating cooperation between countries on migration and security issues.
What they also highlighted was the need for closing the feedback loop between the outcomes of the projects and the development of new policies and legislation.
The meeting further addressed good practices on communication and management. The break out groups then were informed on ongoing policy and legislative developments.
The day ended with an in-depth discussion between the three environmental projects, together with two representatives of DG Home and two representatives of DG Environment.
DG Environment underlined their interest in the project, especially in relation to the development of methodologies to measures environmental damage and impact of global policy changes on waste trade and management.