2nd EPA Network plenary meeting, Rome

The Network of European Environmental Protection Agencies held its second meeting at the Italian Agency for Environmental Protection and Technical Services premises in Rome on 11-12 March 2004.

This informal network brings together heads of key environmental protection agencies and similar bodies from countries across Europe, along with the Executive Director of the European Environment Agency and representatives of the Commission, to exchange views and experience on issues of common interest to organisations involved in the practical day-to-day implementation of environmental policy.

Discussions in Rome focused on evaluating performance as a contribution to environmental governance and the environmental impacts of agriculture. The network agreed to continue discussions on these topics in the coming months and also look at the sustainable use of natural resources.

The next meeting will be hosted jointly by the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency and the Environment Agency for England and Wales, and will be held in Stirling, Scotland, in the UK in September this year.