On 23rd February 2022 the OPFA WASTE 5th Management Board meeting was hosted in Riga at the Latvian State Police Headquarters. Board members from the four consortium partners gathered in person for the first time since project start, limited so far by Covid-19 restrictions in movements.
The meeting was a valuable opportunity not only to discuss project progress, achievements, financial status, obstacles and mitigations actions, but also to open a fruitful debate on police partners’ strategies and institutional framework in place against Illicit Waste Trafficking. A full session was dedicated to the road map in view of the finalization of the Investigative Methodology on Illicit Waste Trafficking, to be presented within the upcoming semester.
The afternoon session featured interventions from the Latvian State Environmental Services, the Latvian Prosecutor’s Office and the National Data Analyst who contributed to the data collection process functional to the OPFA WASTE research on transboundary shipments of waste. Their active participation to the meeting was extremely useful to frame the Latvian institutional context against Illicit Waste Trafficking and share best practices from each respective country represented.
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