The environmental Twinning project, based on EU legislation and experience, offered ideas, exchange of ideas, workshops and ad-hoc advice on how to consolidate Israel's overall sustainable environmental policy related to the modernization and implementation of the regulatory and management framework of environmental permitting, inspection and compliance, especially for SMEs, the enhancement of the environmental management capacity in Israel and the infrastructure required for resource efficiency. Over a two-year period (2015-2017) more than 55 Twinning experts nominated by ministries and agencies from three EU Member States – Germany, Austria and the United Kingdom (Northern Ireland) – worked in close collaboration with a team from the MoEP. Germany's Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety held the overall responsibility on the EU side. Israeli environmental experts deepened their knowledge in three study visits to Germany, Austria and the United Kingdom. The Twinning project produced 17 guidance documents, such as manuals and guidelines, in different technical areas, which will serve as supporting documents for Israel’s environmental administration and different industrial branches also after completion of the project. This closure event was not only consolidating the effort and valuable outcomes of the project but share it also with relevant stakeholders and the public. More than 60 Israeli and EU experts from the administration, the industry, the academic sector and from associations have participated the closure event at the Porter School. Speakers at the June 8 event were DG Mr Dancziger Director General from MoEP, Mr Nielsen from the EU Delegation to the State of Israel, the German ambassador his excellency Dr. von Goetze, the Austrian ambassador his excellency Mr Weiss, Mr Kay from the UK embassies as well as Mr Dr Bass the German Pl on behalf of all Project leader. The Twinning team is proud to say that all goals and mandatory results have been achieved and a contribution to sustainable development and green growth in Israel through a modernized and effectively implemented environmental regulatory and management framework were done. All in all, the cooperation between the Twinning project partners was exceptionally good. The fruitful cooperation of all parties involved and, foremost, the outstanding engagement of the project leaders from Israel, Germany, Austria and the UK, as well as the RTA and the RTA counterpart led to the successful completion of the project.
The visit provided the delegation an opportunity to meet the Austrian Twinning project leader, as well as component leaders and experts on EMAS, hazardous waste, and SEVESO. While the days were busy and intense, the group was also able to take advantage of the warm and pleasant weather to go wine-tasting (so-called “Heuriger”) and take a stroll alongside the Danube.