ENCORE stands for Environmental Conference of the Regions of Europe and is a platform for regional ministers and political leaders in the European Union, established in 1993. ENCORE is dedicated to political co-operation between the regional Environment Ministers of the European Union. ENCORE aims to contribute to the effective implementation of EU environmental policy, to improve environmental governance and to sustainable development in the regions of Europe.
Regions in different member states have different legal duties and responsibilities. However, all regions have a significant role in implementing at least some aspects of European (and national) environmental policy and law. Many regions spend a great deal of money on this activity and employ significant numbers of staff. Indeed, the principle of subsidiarity means that regions are often best placed to deal with issues involved in managing the environment, yet their direct participation within the decision making process at the European level has been limited. Given this context, the reasons for holding an environmental conference for the regions are:
to provide politicians with a forum for discussing environmental issues of regional significance;
to enable regions to establish a common position and exert their collective influence on the formulation of environmental policy within the European Union.
Activities carried out under ENCORE
conferences, seminars, workshops, (virtual) working groups, partnerships with other networks, research;
yearly meeting with the EU Environment Commissioner;
exchange of best practices.
Exchange of best practices
Currently, exchange of best practices on Adaptation to Climate Change Effects is taking place. Utrecht and Bavaria are leading regions of the ENCORE Alliance: ‘Best practices on climate change especially against the defence against flooding'. One of the best practices in the Province of Utrecht is Room for the Lek.