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RENA has been designed as the successor of the “Regional Environmental Reconstruction Programme for South East Europe” (REReP) that was initiated under the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe in January 2000. In January, 2000, under the Stability Pact for Southeast Europe, the environment ministers from the region met in Skopje and endorsed REReP, the Regional Environmental Reconstruction Programme for Southeast Europe. A REReP Task Force was established. With the support of the EU CARDS programme, REReP Task Force activities and its Secretariat have been implemented.

REReP was covering the following countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, fYR of Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Kosovo*.

REReP ended in 2009 and the Regional Environmental Network for Accession (RENA) has been established as its successor, beginning on 19 March 2010. The newly established RENA Network is building on the experience and results achieved by the Regional Environment Reconstruction Programme (REReP). REReP was designed as a mechanism for improvement of the environmental situation in a post conflict context. In 2007 it has been decided that the conditions have been changed and that new regional network RENA should be designed taking into account the new reality (two countries that were part of REReP, Bulgaria and Romania became EU member states) and the status of the countries that will be part of the network (three countries obtained candidate country status).

Therefore RENA is covering the South East Europe region including the following beneficiary countries:

ALBANIA
BOSNIA and HERZEGOVINA
CROATIA
fYR of MACEDONIA
KOSOVO*

MONTENEGRO
SERBIA
TURKEY


Within beneficiary countries RENA is primarily supporting the administrative authorities with responsibility for environment and natural resources in the beneficiaries, that is, ministries with primary responsibility for environmental protection, and other ministries, institutions, and authorities responsible for, e.g., chemicals, forests, water, or climate.

* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence