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EnvCOPs platform Monitoring International Environmental Agreements: A European Perspective
The unclear and ambiguous division of responsibility between the EU and the member-states regarding the negotiation and the implementation of international environmental agreements call into question the Union's leadership role at international level. Taking into account the labyrinthine, fragmented and constantly evolving international context of environmental protection, the timely access to accurate and credible information remains a challenge for experts and public officials involved in the decision-making process at national level. Compliance with the obligations deriving from international environmental agreements require often the adoption of horizontal measures and the cooperation of different national bodies, which, however, are unable to comprehend this complex and unclear institutional framework.

EnvCOPs platform, funded by the Department of Political Science and Public Administration (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece), was launched on March 2017. It is the first e-platform, which accumulates and codifies the main information regulated with the international environmental agreements, paying special attention to the participation of the EU and the follow-up process i.e. the important decisions taken by the Committees of Parties (COPs).

It constitutes a useful tool for researchers, academics and students who investigate the development of the international framework for environmental protection as well as the role of the EU and the implementation of international environmental agreements at European level. It is an open-accessed platform (www.envcops.eu), which is available in two languages (English and Greek).

EnvCOPs platform is a user-friendly platform, which offers scientifically documented, systematically up to date, detailed and specified information that will ease the monitoring of the international environmental agreements as well as their prompt and proper implementation at national level. The content of the e-platform will be updated systematically.

Research Team
Emmanouella Doussis, Scientific Coordinator, Assoc. Professor, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
e-mail: edoussis@pspa.uoa.gr

Dr. Lydia Avrami, Researcher, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
e-mail: lavrami@pspa.uoa.gr

George Dikaios, Junior Research Fellow, Institute of European Integration and Policy, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
e-mail: gdikaios@pspa.uoa.gr