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    Twinning Project Fiche

    Support to the Israeli Ministry of Environmental Protection in Improving and modernizing

    environmental regulatory and management tools for the Israeli industry – Regulatory tools for SMEs, Resource efficiency, Eco-Management and Audit Scheme

    IL/11

    Important reminders:

    - Any Member State entity that submits a proposal or that is part of the consortium that submits a proposal, if it does not constitute a proper public administration, must be registered as mandated body. Mandated bodies are semi-public bodies assimilated to administrations, as some MS have outsourced or are in the process of outsourcing and privatising parts of their administration. The know-how required for Twinning projects is therefore sometimes located outside the administration. The Commission Headquarters may accept or refuse proposals to be registered as Mandated Body and maintains an open-ended list of semi-public bodies mandated to act in lieu of public administrations. Conditions and means to apply to be on the list are described in the Common Twinning Manual, section 3.3 (http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/where/neighbourhood/documents/twinning-manual-2012- update-2013-2014-final.pdf) In case of question and to launch the registration procedure, entities that wish to be considered as mandated body must liaise with their National Contact Point (list of NCPs and contacts available at: http://ec.europa.eu/enlargement/pdf/financial_assistance/institution_building/2014/201404 29-ncps-ms-april-2014.pdf).

    - Proposed Project Leaders and proposed RTA are obliged to have a pre-established, and not-remote, connections with the administration(s) or mandated body(ies) submitting the proposal or being part of the consortium that submits a proposal;.

    Not complying with these conditions will lead to the rejection of the concerned proposal(s).

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    List of Abbreviations

    AA Association Agreement

    AP Action Plan (Programme)

    BAT Best Available Techniques

    BC Beneficiary Country

    bn billion

    BREF Best Available Techniques Reference Notes

    CBD Convention on Biological Diversity

    CITES Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora

    CLP Classification, Labelling, Packaging

    Com Communication (EC)

    COSME Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

    CP Counterpart

    EC European Commission

    EE Energy efficiency

    EEA European Environment Agency

    EIA Environmental Impact Assessment

    EIS Environmental Information System

    EMAS Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (of the EU)

    EMS Environmental Management System

    ENP European Neighbourhood Policy

    ENPI European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument

    EU European Union

    FCCC Framework Convention on Climate Change

    GGKC Green Growth Knowledge Center

    HQ Headquarters

    HR Human Resources

    IED Industrial Emissions Directive (of the EU)

    LCP Large Combustion Plant

    ILO International Labour Organization

    IPPC Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control

    ISO International Standards Organisation

    IWC International Whaling Commission

    MoEP Ministry of Environment Protection (of Israel)

    MS Member State(s)

    MTE Medium-Term Expert

    NGO Non-Governmental Organization

    OECD Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development

    OVI Objectively Verifiable Indicators

    Para. Paragraph

    PAO Project Administration Office

    PHC Public Health Coalition

    PL Project Leader

    PL CP Project Leader Counterpart

    PRTR Pollutant Release and Transfer Register

    PSC Project Steering Committee

    QA Quality Assurance

    RE Resource efficiency

    RTA Resident Twinning Advisor

    RTA CP Resident Twinning Advisor Counterpart

    SCP Sustainable Consumption and Production

    Sec. Section

    SME Small and Medium Enterprise (s)

    STE Short-Term Expert

    TAIEX Technical Assistance and Information Exchange (Programme)

    ToT Training of Trainers

    UK United Kingdom

    UNECE United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

    UNEP United Nations Environment Programme

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    1. Basic Information 1.1 Programme: Support to the ENP Action Plan 2011-2012 (Israel) 1.2 Twinning Number IL/11 1.3 Title: Support to the Israeli Ministry of Environmental Protection in

    Improving and Implementing the Environmental Regulatory and Management Framework for Industry and Business – Strengthening the Environmental Framework for SME, Resource Efficiency, Eco- Management and Audit Scheme

    1.4 Sector: Environment 1.5 Beneficiary country: State of Israel 2. Objective 2.1 Overall Objective: The overall objective of this twinning project is to make a contribution to sustainable development and green growth in Israel through a modernized and effectively implemented environmental regulatory and management framework. 2.2 Project purpose: The purpose of the twinning project is to support, based on EU experience, the modernization and implementation of the regulatory and management framework of environmental permitting, inspection and compliance especially for SME, the enhancement of the environmental management capacity in Israel, and the infrastructure of resource efficiency. 2.3 Context of and contribution to national policies and plans and to EU-Israel cooperation 2.3.1 Israel national context Israel takes part in the OECD supported initiative of Green Growth launched by the Green Growth Declaration signed by 34 states in 2009. On 23 October 2011 the government of Israel decided to prepare a National Green Growth Strategy for the years 2012 – 2020. A Round Table including government, business and third sector representatives decided in February 2012 to prepare a National Green Growth Plan to be adopted in 2012. The Green Growth initiative focuses on economic, regulatory, implementation and information tools in three major areas: green production, green consumption, and green innovation. The National Green Growth Plan was consolidated during 2012, in a comprehensive consultative process with representatives from government, the business sector, and civil society. The plan was presented to the government in September 2012 by the Ministries of Environmental Protection and Industry, Trade and Labour. The Ministry of Environmental Protection (MoEP) since then is promoting its main components which are: Integrated Green Licensing; Green Growth Knowledge Center; Green Consumption; Green Procurement; Green Innovation; Green Employment. The Integrated Green Licensing process started in 2013 will lead to a reform of the permitting system for industry in Israel, based on the concept of IPPC and looking at the needs of the various economic actors, ranging from IPPC installations, to SME and micro enterprises, and the needs of approaching all environmental aspects in a holistic way. It will be referred to in more details below. The Green Growth Knowledge Center (GGKC) is currently developed in all its institutional aspects and the ground is prepared for its establishment and operation. The processes of Integrated Green Licensing and the development of the GGKC are supported by the currently on-going twinning project (see below).

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    The MoEP Environmental Policy Division is in the process of developing a roadmap for Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP). This process is being undertaken in cooperation with UNEP and will take into account the Guidelines developed by UNEP for SCP. These Green Growth initiatives in Israel, driven with much energy and strong efforts by the MoEP, will be supported by the proposed Twinning Project. The proposed twinning project will build upon the results of the current twinning project on IPPC which cooperates with the MoEP in developing the integrated permitting and inspection system in Israel and the necessary general procedures for it. The next logical step consists of making the integrated system operational through the development of specific procedures and practices addressing the needs of the various categories of enterprises, especially the SMEs which constitute the large majority of economic actors in Israel. As current practice shows, making the integrated system operational also requires the further development of environmental requirements in priority areas, such as waste management, waste water control, hazardous substances control, air emission control, and environmental management. Work on environmental management will look into the need for mandatory management requirements for industries and businesses but also into the strengths and weaknesses of supporting voluntary management systems, such as the ISO and EMAS tools. Finally, as the efforts to reform permitting and inspection for industry and business are made in the framework of green growth with an objective to move towards sustainable development in Israel, one fundamental approach will be essential: resource efficiency. With this approach, which includes many aspects and features, and all the other above-mentioned initiatives and steps to be undertaken, the proposed twinning project will cooperate with the MoEP; will provide insight into practices of EU member states; and thus support the activities taking place at governmental and administrative levels in Israel. 2.3.2. EU-Israel cooperation c