AQUA-LIT at Marine Litter TAIEX-EPPA's workshop

AQUA-LIT was invited to participate in an online workshop on Managing Marine Litter to be held on September 29th-30th, 2020.

Organised by the Technical Assistance and Information Exchange Instrument of the European Commission, in cooperation with the EU Environment Partnership Programme for Accession (EPPA), the TAIEX EPPA Online Regional Workshop on Managing Marine Litter in EPPA Countries will be focused on Preventive, Mitigating and Remedial Measures on Marine Litter and New EC Developments


The beneficiaries of this workshop are Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo , Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey, with the objective to strengthen national capacities for effectively addressing the large number of implementation challenges regarding preventive, mitigating and remedial measures regarding marine litter, in the context of achieving circular economy, and in synergy with the process of reaching the objectives of Single Use Plastic Strategy (SUP), Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) and Water Framework Directive (WFD), and the 2020 international goals of the Barcelona Convention for Biological Diversity.  


The Specific Objectives of the workshop are:

  • To examine the content and implications in terms of national strategic documents of the requirements of implementing EU Directives, such as the SUP and MSFD
  • To present and discuss various tools – such as new policy instruments and action plans - required for implementing the EU directives and strategies and Circular Economy Action Plan
  • To present the latest developments connected with the EC Green Deal
  • To be better informed about the latest marine litter funded projects relevant for Adriatic and Ionic Seas
  • To present and discuss a set of proposed recommendations by participants welcoming regional actions and cooperation in tackling marine litter and transboundary management of the Adriatic and Ionic Sea. 
  • To brainstorm any national obstacles (involvement and commitment, data and methodologies, coordination and cooperation, capacity building needs) towards the implementation of the EC policies, strategies and directives
  • To discuss the needs of the countries and possible options of support through the activities of EPPA project, including training needs
  • Facilitate dialogue among the countries on specific concepts, initiatives and regional actions that are needed to ensure transboundary cooperation


AQUA-LIT's participation

Our coordinator Mariana Mata Lara will present AQUA-LIT in the context of this workshop by giving the talk "Working with the Aquaculture sector to improve Marine Litter management".

The idea will be to introduce the AQUA-LIT project, present our expected outcomes, and the tools produced in the project that could be used by EPPA countries. 

The presentation will be later uploaded to this site. 




Day 1: Wednesday, 29 September 2020

Chair: Mihaela Popovici, EPPA WG Water Management Coordinator

08:30 – 09:00

Event starts /technical introduction/solving participants’ issues

8:50 – Short technical introduction to the webinar platform

09:00 – 09:20


Mihail Dimovski, Team Leader


09:20 – 09:40

Introduction of the participants

Introduction of the workshop

Introduction of EPPA tasks regarding the assistance on Marine litter, EU Circular Economy Action Plan, and outcome of the previous workshop (Split, 2019)

Dr. Mihaela Popovici

09:40 – 10:00


Intervention on marine litter

Mr Michail Papadoyannakis, Senior Expert, Marine Environment & Water Industry Unit, DG ENV

10:00 – 10:25

European Environmental Agency, Marine LitterWatch  (to be finally confirmed)

Mr. Bert Jansen



10:25– 10:50

Key components of an integrated waste management system

Mr. Wim Van Breusegem


5-10 min Q&A


5 min break

11:00 – 11:30


Representatives of EPPA countries:

See based countries

  • Mr. Zamir Dedej: status of alignment with Single Use Plastic Directive in Albania
  • Prof. Dr. Tarik Kupusović: status of alignment with Single Use Plastic Directive in Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Mr. Igor Jovanovic: status of alignment with Single Use Plastic Directive in Montenegro

11:30 – 11:40

Coffee break

11:40 – 12:00


  1. Croatian recent developments on Marine Litter and Single Use Plastic issues, and examples of cooperation with the neighboring Mediterranean countries in the region

Ms. Anita Pokrovac Patekar

12:00 – 12:20

  1. Marine liter and Single Use Plastic Directive - Current developments, best practices in Danube Black Sea Region

Mr. Gheorghe Constantin


5-10 min Q&A

12:30 – 13:30

Lunch break at home office

13:30 – 13:50

  1. Marine litter and inappropriate waste management solutions

Ms. Lidija Runko Luttenberger


5-10 min Q&A

14:00 – 14:20

  1. MSFD implementation on marine litters in Slovenia

Dr. Manca Kovac Virsek


5-10 min Q&A

14:20 –14:40

  1. The Impact of Marine Litter in Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Mediterranean Sea

Mr. Vangelis Papathanassiou

14:40 – 14:50

Summary of day 1

Ms. Mihaela Popovici


End of Day 1





Day 2: Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Chair: Ms. Mihaela Popovici, EPPA WG Water Management Coordinator

08:30 – 09:00

Event starts /technical introduction/solving participants’ issues

8:50 – Short technical introduction to the webinar platform

09:00 – 09:05

Introduction Day 2

Ms. Mihaela Popovici

09:05 – 09:25

  1. AQUA- LIT Project: Working with the Aquaculture sector to improve Marine Litter management".

Ms. Mariana Mata Lara

09:25 – 09:45

  1. Coordinated approach for tackling sources of litter that cause specific problems in MPAs. Recommendations based on Greece experience

Mr. Vangelis Papathanassiou


5-10 min Q&A


5 min break

10:00 – 10:20

  1. Raising Awareness in Combating Marine Litter: existing policies, including the Extended Producer Responsibility provisions of the recent Single Use Plastics Directive

Mr. Wim Van Breusegem


5-10 min Q&A


5 min break

10:35 – 11:00


Landlocked countries : planned initiatives for regional cooperation as a Q&A session

  • Representative of Kosovo
  • Representative of Republic of North Macedonia
  • Representative Serbia

11:00– 11:20

  1. Transposition and alignment with Marine Strategy Framework Directive in new MS - Republic of Croatia 

Ms. Anita Pokrovac Patekar


5-10 min Q&A


5 min break

11:30 12:00

Coffee break

12:00 – 12:20

  1. Challenges and Opportunities for SUP Directive implementation in Romania

Mr. Gheorghe Constantin

12:20 – 13:00

Lunch break

13:00 - 13:05

Introduction afternoon session

Ms. Mihaela Popovici

13:05 - 13:20

Recommendations towards the EU Plastics Strategy formulated by the Interest Group Plastics of the European Network of the Heads of Environment Protection Agencies (EPA Network)

Ms. Mihaela Popovici

13:20 – 13:30

Coffee break

13:30 – 14:00

The Way Forward

  • Conclusions and recommendations for actions and regional cooperation

Mr. Mihail Dimovski,

Ms. Mihaela Popovici,

All participants

14:00 - 14:30

Closing remarks

Mihail Dimovski, Team Leader



End of the workshop



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