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Twinning Light Project: Strengthening the expert knowledge and technical capacity of all relevant institutions for Ecological Network Impact Assessment (CRO ENIA)

The European Union’s IPA Programme for Croatia:

Twinning Light Project:

Strengthening the expert knowledge and technical capacity of all relevant institutions for Ecological Network Impact Assessment  (CRO ENIA)

This programme is implemented by the Croatian Agency for Environment and Nature and Environment Agency Austria (Umweltbundesamt) 

This project has been co-financed by the European Union. The contents of this web pate  are is the sole responsibility of Environment Agency Austria (Umweltbundesamt) and the Croatian Agency for Environment and Nature and it does not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.


Twinning is an initiative of the European Commission that was launched in 1998 in the context of the preparation for enlargement of the European Union. It is an EU institution building instrument for targeted administrative co-operation between public administrations of EU Member States and a Beneficiary Country for the achievement of mandatory results jointly agreed with the Commission. The primary objective of Twinning projects is to provide assistance to beneficiary countries in the establishment of modern and efficient administration by focusing on the structure, human resources and management skills required for harmonization of national legislation with the Acquis of the European Union.

Twinning Light is an adapted version for assignments shorter than one year of a value of less than 250,000 €.

A project implemented by

Croatian Agency for Environment and Nature  

Environment Agency Austria (Umweltbundesamt)


Results and Outputs

The purpose of this project was to support Croatian institutions in conducting expert work related to Ecological Network Impact Assessment (ENIA) in order to ensure a more efficient implementation of the existing legislative framework in line with the best EU practices.

Project implementation

The project was implemented jointly by Twinning partners. Croatian and international experts worked together towards an efficient implementation of relevant legislation, in particular the Habitats and Birds Directives.

Project beneficiaries

Croatian Agency for Environment and Nature (CAEN) in its present form was created in September this year with the aim to integrate the work of the former State Institute for Nature Protection and Croatian Environment Agency into one single agency. Now, CAEN is the central national government institution responsible for expert nature conservation work in Croatia.

Other direct project beneficiaries are:

•             Ministry of Environmental and Nature Protection – Nature Protection Directorate (MENP)

•             County Administration Offices (CAO) in 20 Croatian counties and the City of Zagreb

•             Public Institutions (PI) and County Public Institutions (CPI) for the management of protected areas. There are 19 PI and 21 CPI.

Twinning partners

Croatian Agency for Environment and Nature and Environment Agency Austria (Umweltbundesamt).

Project duration

Eight months from June 2015.

 Project funding

The project was funded by the European Union within the IPA programme with an amount of 170,000 € and from the budget of the Republic of Croatia with an amount of 18,889 €.The project activities were logically grouped around three main objectives covering procedures, documents and targeted training sessions for relevant staff to strengthen implementation capacity.

Project activities

The first set of activities was focused on an analysis of national and county level expert documentation related to all stages of ENIA in order to identify issues for improvement. Based on the results of analysis a national Technical Manual for ENIA was developed.

The second set of activities focused on the production of white papers for selected types of projects. The following types of projects have been selected as the most common one: small hydropower plants, river management and road infrastructure. Three white papers have been produced, one for each of the above mentioned type of projects with the aim to support and facilitate the implementation of ENIA.

The third set of activities focused on capacity building for CAEN, MENP, CAO, PI and CPI through targeted training sessions. Five regional workshops were held in Rijeka, Šibenik, Varaždin, Zagreb and Osijek. In addition, capacity building was assured via on-the-job training for of CEAN and MENP. To ensure sustainability and transfer of expert knowledge about ENIA across various institutions, a “model” training course (train the trainer) was provided. In total over 100 staff of beneficiary institutions attended the training programmes.

Results of project

The following results and outputs were achieved so far. Technical manual and white papers are in translation and will be posted on this web site.

  • Technical manual  for pre-screening and ENIA (screening, main assessment, imperative reasons of overriding public interest and compensatory measures) developed and translated into Croatian and available on the CAEN web site.
  • Three white papers* with the purpose of improving the quality of the ENIA have been produced for selected types of projects (small hydropower plants, river management and road infrastructure). The white papers were translated into Croatian and are available on the CAEN web site.
  • Training needs analysis (TNA) was conducted for employees of CAEN, CAO, PI and CPI regarding the implementation of ENIA and a TNA report has been prepared. The TNA was basis for the content of training programmes.
  • Training programme comprising 5 regional workshops, on-the-job training and training of trainers has been implemented as planned, implementation capacities of all project beneficiaries were enhanced and beneficiaries are acquainted with a new knowledge on EU best practice in the area of ENIA

More information

Umweltbundesamt (Environment Agency Austria)
5, Spittelauer Lände, 1090 Vienna, Austria
Phone: +43 1 31 304 3360
Fax: +43 1 31 304 3700

Croatian Agency for Environment and Nature
Radnička cesta 80, HR-10000 Zagreb
Phone: +385 1 5502 900; Fax: +385 1 5502 901

Central Finance and Contracting Agency (CFCA)
Ulica grada Vukovara 284 (block C), HR-10000 Zagreb
Phone: +385 1 459 1245; Fax: +385 1 459 1075

European Commission Representation
Ban Centar, Ulica Augusta Cesarca 4-10,
10000 Zagreb
Phone: + 385 1 4681 300; Fax: + 385 1 4627 499

You can find the presentaions from the workshops on this link.