Exchange of experts

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Exchange of experts

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    Andras Szepesi (right), senior forestry policy advisor in Hungary's Ministry of Agriculture, and Carmen Hawkins, from the Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector, visiting Baden-Württemberg's State Ministry in July 2017. Photo in the park of Villa Reitzenstein with Matthias Holzner, Head of the EUSDR Service Office in the State Ministry.

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  • Visiting MS Max Honsell (v. l.): guest visitor Boris B. Novaković, the Serbian Consul Zlatko Bućin, State Secretary Dr. Andre Baumann and guest visitor Zoran Stojanović. Novaković and Stojanović, both from the Serbian Environmental Protection Agency

    Visiting MS Max Honsell (v. l.): guest visitor Boris B. Novaković, the Serbian Consul Zlatko Bućin, State Secretary Dr. Andre Baumann and guest visitor Zoran Stojanović. Novaković and Stojanović, both from the Serbian Environmental Protection Agency, learned more about ship maintenance and water quality monitoring.

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  • Ministerialdirektor Helmfried Meinel (v. l.) im Gespräch mit Dr. Marin Miletić, Kroatisches Energieinstitut Hrvoje Pozar, und Dr. Ulrich Maurer, Leiter Referat Europa, Internationale Zusammenarbeit im Umweltministerium.

    Director General Helmfried Meinel (v. l.) talking with Dr. Marin Miletić, researcher at Croatia's Energy Institute Hrvoje Pozar in Zagreb, and Dr. Ulrich Maurer, head of Europe, International Cooperation Department of Ministry of the Environment.

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  • Tobias Eisele of the Ministry of the Environment presents Emma Gothár, student at Andrássy University Budapest, with a farewell gift. During her internship, she became well acquainted with Baden-Württemberg's international cooperation.

    Tobias Eisele of the Ministry of the Environment presents Emma Gothár, student at Andrássy University Budapest, with a farewell gift. During her internship, she became well acquainted with Baden-Württemberg's international cooperation.

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  • Gabriela Krempels (second from left) with her colleagues from the Department Water and Soil of the Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector Baden-Württemberg.

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  • Minister Franz Untersteller thanks Miholja Nagy (to the right) for his work in the Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector Baden-Württemberg.

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  • Ivana Curkovic (fourth from left) in the weekly meeting of the unit Europe, International Cooperation of the Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector Baden-Württemberg.

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We are offering an exchange of experts or the opportunity of a stay at the Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector to employees of the various ministries and communal/regional authorities of the countries along the Danube. 

The programmes are tailored to the professional interests of each participant, and include expert discussions and tours relating to relevant topics such as waste water disposal, renewable energy and the energy-efficiency of systems, as well as the opportunity to work in the Ministry’s various departments. 

In this way, the exchange of experts creates a strong foundation for future cooperation and common projects. The experiences thus gained can also be helpful for future work in the countries along the Danube. A good command of the German Language is an important requirement for a stay at our Ministry. 

Exchange of experts in 2017

  • András Szepesi, senior forestry policy advisor in Hungary's Ministry of Agriculture, visited Baden-Württemberg in the week from 3 to 7 July 2017 in the framework of cooperation between the Joinz Government Commission and Hungary and of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region.

    In addition to climate change mitigation, Szepesis' responsibilities in the Ministry of Agriculture also include monitoring Hungary's forests, forest research and international cooperation. It was for this reason that, during his visit to Baden-Württemberg, Szepesi was particularly interested in how Baden-Württemberg is responding to climate change, the potential adaptation action it has identified and the aspects of forest management it regards as especially important.

    During his shadowing visit András Szepesi talked with representatives from the Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector, the Ministry of Rural Affairs and Consumer Protection, the Forest Research Institute Baden-Württemberg (FVA) in Freiburg, the University of Applied Forest Sciences in Rottenburg and Baden-Württemberg's State Ministry.

    The visit by András Szepesi laid the foundations for further cooperation between Baden-Württemberg and Hungary. As well as exchanging views and ideas at the technical level, contacts were also established between Hungary and the state administration in particular.

    Zoran Stojanović und Boris B. Novaković: From 9 to 13 April, 2017 Zoran Stojanović and Boris B. Novaković from the Serbian Environmental Protection Agency visited the Max Honsell, the survey ship operated by Baden Württemberg's State Institute for the Environment, Measurements and Nature Conservation (LUBW). As the State of Hesse had given a similar survey ship, the Argus, to the Republic of Serbia, the work shadowing visit and exchange of experience with the ship's crew and experts aboard the Max Honsell was of great importance to the colleagues from Serbia. Baden-Württemberg and Serbia have been working together in the joint government commission for many years.

    Zoran Stojanović and Boris B. Novaković discussed ship maintenance, water quality monitoring and various methods of sampling and studying water with the crew of the Max Honsell. The observers also visited the shipyard in Neckarsteinach, where the Max Honsell was refurbished and modernised in 2013/2014.

    The LUBW's survey ship, the Max Honsell, monitors the quality of the water in the Rhine and the Neckar. Under the EU Water Framework Directive, regular water samples must be taken. Thanks to the integrated on-board laboratory it is possible to examine biological and chemical samples on site and to send the collected data and readings directly to the LUBW in Karlsruhe. New readings are enriched with results taken from the onboard weather station and with precise position data.

    Another important task of the Max Honsell is to arrive on site as quickly as possible in response to pollution or especially critical temperature and oxygen conditions. Samples are used to assess the degree of threat to inland waterways. Biological studies are one of the key tools in the evaluation and implementation of suitable countermeasures.

Exchange of experts in 2015

  • Dr. Marin Miletić, researcher at Croatia's Energy Institute Hrvoje Pozar in Zagreb, spent 10 days in June 2015 as a guest of the Europe, International Cooperation Department of Baden-Württemberg's Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector. The purpose of Dr. Miletić's stay was to meet partners for bilateral projects between Baden-Württemberg and Croatia and for multilateral projects with other countries in the Danube Region as well as to identify potential sources of funding. During his visit Dr. Miletić was also able to meet the partners of existing projects. Marin Miletić is Croatia's representative in the Environmental Technology Network Danube Region and he was also able to use his time in Baden-Württemberg to carry out additional work in this context. The Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector Baden-Württemberg has adopted a project-focused approach to cooperation with other countries in the framework of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region. The success of these projects depends critically on establishing contacts between potential project partners. 

Exchange of experts in 2014

  • Emma Gothár, a student in the master's programme for International Relations at Andrássy University Budapest, Hungary, completed a two-month internship at the Ministry of the Environment in the Department for European and International Cooperation as part of the Baden-Württemberg Foundation's Walter Hallstein Programme. She worked extensively on the organisational and programme-related preparation of the minister's trip to Serbia and Croatia, as well as on the organisation of the kick-off event of the Baden-Württemberg-Serbian Bio Energy Partnership. During her stay in Stuttgart, she regularly participated in meetings at the Ministry of the Environment and other departments. She thus became well acquainted with Baden-Württemberg's international cooperation, particularly in the environmental area.

Exchange of experts in 2013

  • Gabriella Murányiné-Krempels, Head of the Sanitary Environmental Engineering and Coordination department at the Hungarian Ministry for Rural Development, spent two weeks as our guest in February 2013. The purpose of her visit was to get to know our technical solutions and legal provisions in the fields of waste water and sewage sludge, and to share experiences from both countries. 

    Mihajlo Nagy, a lawyer working for Eko-Sustav, a municipal company responsible for waste and renewable energy in the Croatian district of Vukovar-Srijem. Mihaljo Nagy spent a month in the Ministry’s Unit for Europe, International Cooperation. Innovative environmental technologies from Baden-Württemberg were presented in the form of expert discussions and visits to facilities. Mr. Nagy also worked on preparations for a visit by a large delegation from his district to Baden-Württemberg, led by zupan Mr. Bozo Galic (head of district authority). 

    Matijas Juric, an Engineering graduate who works at the Ministry for the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector in the Nuclear Power Monitoring department, spent a month at the Energy department of the Croatian Ministry of Economics in April 2013.

Exchange of experts in 2012

  • Ivana Curkovic, a lawyer working for the Croatian district of Vukovar-Srijem, spent a month working in the Europe, International Cooperation Unit of the Ministry for the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector in August/September 2012. The job-shadowing reinforced our strong partnership with the district, which was reaf-firmed by a Memorandum of Understanding in December 2012. Ivana worked on preparations for Mr. Untersteller’s trip to Croatia in September 2012, which she also accompanied. 



Contact

Carmen Hawkins

Europe, International Cooperation Section 

 

+49 711 126-2663

Carmen Hawkins

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