The Call for Proposals aims at funding projects combating environmental crime. The overall objective of the Call for Proposals is to boost the operational activities of the law enforcement authorities, including via training and capacity building activities of competent authorities.
Project applications submitted under the present Call for Proposals must address at least one of the following priorities:
Proposals consisting exclusively in studies and/or conferences will not be considered for funding under this Call for Proposals.
Projects must be aiming to achieve one or more of the following specific objectives:
to boost intelligence-led investigations, including cross-border investigations and regionally focussed operations to tackle environmental crime;
to develop detection and investigation methodologies and tools, including the use of forensic techniques, IT technology, Earth observation techniques, methods for valuation and quantification of damage caused by environmental crime;
to develop know-how on preparation of national enforcement strategies to combat environmental crime;
to develop tools for exchange of intelligence and operational information;
to identify training needs for police and other enforcement officers, develop tailored training materials and organise training courses, including common events for police, customs, national environmental inspectorates and other administrative and judicial authorities in the field of environment and the judiciary;
to establish structured mechanisms (e.g. networks) to enhance communication, coordination and cooperation between different enforcement and judicial authorities at national and EU level;
to enhance cooperation between enforcement agencies of Member States, as well as between these agencies and (i) relevant EU and international organisations and agencies, such as Europol, Eurojust, Interpol, World Customs Organisation, (ii) third countries and (iii) relevant actors from the private sector;
to develop expertise and a strategic analysis of the environmental crime phenomenon;
to gather statistics and intelligence on environmental crime for the purpose of threat and risk analysis;
to explore and share good practices in investigating and prosecuting environmental crime;
Project applications must ensure complementarity with the EU Policy Cycle, in particular with activities funded by Europol.