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Opening of the next ETIA Talks series with a “Trash Talk” on Illegal Waste Dumping and Trade

The first ETIAtalks panel discussioin of this year’s series on “Environmental Crime: the challenge of the 21st Century” will take place on Wednesday, 30 November 2016, at 7.00pm, at the Festsaal of the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, Favoritenstraße 15a, 1040 Vienna.

One of the most frequent environmental crimes committed concern our waste. Many waste types are long-lasting in nature and hazardous. Waste disposal and recycling, therefore, are of significant value for our society. The UK-based Environment Agency recently labelled waste crimes as “the new narcotics”, putting the spotlight on the importance of providing a functioning sanction system for these crimes. A first step in the right direction is to understand the mechanisms how waste crimes are committed: At times, waste treatment is openly neglected by authorities, hazardous waste stored in unsecure facilities or simply shipped to places lacking efficient crime prosecution. A number of highly publicized incidents have led to regulations tackling these issues, but measures have also unfolded the unwillingness of all involved actors to follow the rules.

How can a functioning legal framework look like? What could be incentives for the actors to follow the rules? What are the ultimate goals – no waste any longer? The first ETIATalks of 2016/17 wants to put these questions onto display.

Speakers include Yvonne Ewang-Sanvincenti, Legal Officer at the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions; Dana Vyzinkarova, Institute for Water Quality, Resource and Waste Management TU Wien; N.N., International Solid Waste Association Representative

Moderator: Magdalena Meergraf, freelance Journalist Kurier, Monopol, The Gap, BIORAMA

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ETIAtalks, an initiative of the students of the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna and the TU Wien, provides a forum to explore the technological context of current issues in the fields of energy and environment. ETIAtalks sets a special focus on their relation to international politics, law, and economics.

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