European Union Network for the Implementation and Enforcement of Environmental Law (IMPEL)

IMPEL is an informal network of European regulators and is open to organisations or authorities working in the public sector who  implement and enforce environmental legislation.

The network is a powerful tool for sharing experience and information on the practical application of environmental legislation across Europe. Co-operation among practitioners in the fields of inspections, permitting and enforcement under the IMPEL network started in 1992.

IMPEL’s members consist of fifty-five environmental authorities in thirty-six countries:

  • the twenty-eight EU member states
  • the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
  • Serbia
  • Turkey
  • Iceland
  • Kosovo
  • Albania
  • Switzerland
  • Norway

Within the IMPEL Association they are referred to as IMPEL member countries.

Main issues

IMPEL's activities are concerned with areas such as:

  • Training of inspectors
  • Minimum criteria for environmental inspections
  • Exchange of information and experience on implementation and enforcement of EU environmental legislation
  • Development of common views on the coherence and practicality of current EU legislation
  • Commenting on practicality and enforceability of proposed EU legislation at an early stage in its development

Learn more

Find out more about IMPEL on its website