European Commission, Brussels
Dioxins & PCBs: Environmental Levels and Human Exposure in Candidate Countries

REFERENCE: ENV.C.2/SER/2002/0085



Consortium: Environmental Levels in Candidate Countries


Grauertstra▀e 12Kamenice 126/3
81545 MŘnchen625 00 Brno
GermanyCzech Republic
Phone: +49-(0)89-18979050Phone: +420 547 121 401
Fax: +49-(0)89-18979052Fax: +420 547 121 431
e-mail: mail@bipro.dee-mail:
Project Manager: Dr. Reinhard Joas     Prof. Dr. Ivan Holoubek

In the co-operation with the Centre of Excellence for Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology RECETOX, Masaryk University, Kamenice 126/3, 625 00 Brno, Czech Republic

  1. Background and objectives, Introduction of the consortium
  2. An important background of the project is formed by the "Community Strategy for Dioxins, Furans and Polychlorinated Biphenyls" of the European Commission. The Environment Council adopted Conclusions on the Commission Communication stressing the need for the Candidate Countries to be involved from an early stage on in the development of such a strategy, with special attention to the inventory of sources of dioxins, furans and PCBs and the monitoring of environmental and human exposure.

    In the past the Commission has launched several studies on dioxin emissions that revealed a harmonised view on dioxin issues across Member States, which is apparently lacking for Candidate Countries. This lack of data can be also expected for information on the exposure to PCBs

    Against this background there are two important objectives of this project stated by the European Commission. First to prepare an overview and analysis of available data on environmental levels of dioxins and PCBs as well as related human exposure in Candidate Countries which will be part of a first integral assessment on the extend of the dioxin and PCB related issues in Candidate Countries. Second to contribute to the capacity building in Candidate Countries which will be achieved by mutual know how transfer and close cooperation.

    Based on these two major objectives we formed a project team of internal and external experts coming mainly from Candidate Countries. The internal members of the project team are:

    BiPRO GmbH: Dr. Reinhard Joas, Dipl.-Biol. Dipl.-Env. Alexander Potrykus, Dipl.-Wirtsch.-Ing. Sonja Bauer, Dr. Anke Joas

    TOCOEN s.r.o.: Prof. Dr. Ivan Holoubek, Mgr. Pavel ╚upr, PhD., RNDr. Irena Holoubkovß, Mgr. Ing. Ji°Ý Kohoutek

    The external member that will be integrated as subcontractors are:

    Ing. Anton KoŔan, CSc. (Slovakia), Dr. Ott Roots (Estonia), Prof. Dr. Jerzy Falandysz (Poland), Dr. Ernest Voncina (Slovenia), Dr. Gabor Kovacs (Hungary), Dr. Oya Okay (Turkey), Dr. Sylvia Raykova (Bulgaria), Dr. Silvia Chitimiea (Romania), Dr. Jamshid Hosseinpour (Íkometric, Germany), Ing. Rudolf Schott (AFC, Austria)

    One of the key success factors for this project is to provide access to already existing data in Candidate Countries and to be able to build up an information exchange network aiming for mutual know how transfer.

    To fulfill the project requirements the consortium POPICC can offer a project team that:

  3. Tasks and Project Concepts
  4. The project concept is outlined in order to fulfil the two overall tasks to:

    Accordingly the work will be realised in close consultation with competent authorities, institutions and internationally accepted experts from the candidate countries in cooperation with experienced team members from the Member States that have realised several POP related projects at European level.

    The cooperation within the project team and tools that are foreseen for capacity building and mutual information exchange (see in particular focal working points #8 and #9) ascertain an efficient capacity building in both, the EU Member States and the Candidate Countries.

    It is foreseen to integrate relevant information supplied be the DG Environment and by the JRC. A very efficient integration of such information is possible due to the fact that members of the project team have participated in corresponding projects such as the EMISSION-PECO Project on "Industrial Emissions in the CEEC". At several points decisions have an influence on the outcome of the project and in order to meet the objectives of the Commission these decisions will be taken in close consultation and approval of the Commission.

    To work on and to meet the tasks of the technical annex we have developed a project concept including 6 focal working points, each of them subdivided in individual working steps This concept represents a modular and systematically organised structure providing causal based and transparent results.

    Of special importance will be focal working point 1 and 2 that provide a systematic structure of necessary information and that come up with a clear strategy to collect information efficiently.

    The working group has compiled a team of experts covering a wide range of experiences such as required for the work on this comprehensive study. In order to ensure the success of the project we structured the concept in a way that:

  5. Methodology and Working plan
  6. The quality of the results to be achieved within this project are especially defined by:

    The consortium has internally carefully audited whether it is in the position to guarantee highest quality for the above listed parameters.

  7. Time schedule
  8. The study outline is designed in a way that immediately after the signature of the contract the project was started by a kick off meeting with the involved personnel in DG Environment. An inception report was presented and discussed with the Commission after the kick off meeting. A written progress report will be provided to the Commission every three month. A draft final report and a final report will describe the overall work carried out and the results obtained in performance of the contract.

    The milestones of the time schedule according to the technical annex are:

    -  project start, kick off meeting   January 2003
    inception reportJanuary 2003
    -  written progress reportApril 2003, June 2003, September 2003
    -  draft final reportDecember 2003
    -  workshopJanuary 2004
    -  final reportFebruary 2004

    Regular status talks about the progress of the project are scheduled additionally to the reports. The status talks enable a continuous information exchange in order to ensure an effective "fine tuning" of the project.

  9. The First Workshop
  10. Persistent Toxic Substances Contamination of the European Region as a reflection of results of the GEF/UNEP Regional Based Assessment of Persistent Toxic Substances (RBA PTS) in Europe, the implementation of the Stockholm Convention and "Community Strategy for Dioxins, Furans and PCBs" will be held in Hotel Santon, Brno, Czech Republic, November 10-12, 2003. More...