1. The Expert Group on Environmental Performance Reviews is mandated until the end of 2022 to support the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) Environmental Performance Review Programme in accordance with the terms of reference set out below.
2. The core membership of the Expert Group for 2019–2022 should consist of 10 to 14 participants, with due consideration given to a balanced geographical representation from the countries in the region. When new members are chosen, due regard should be given to experts from countries that have recently been reviewed and to those that have undergone or will soon undergo reviews.
3. Members of the Committee on Environmental Policy may participate in the meetings of the Expert Group as observers and act as advisers to review the report and its recommendations.
4. In addition, experts nominated by members of the Committee on Environmental Policy, and agreed by the members of the Expert Group in consultation with the secretariat, may participate in the meetings of the Expert Group on any country under review.
Terms of reference
5. The mandate of the core members of the Expert Group is renewed for a period of four years for the purposes of:
(a) Carrying out the expert review process, prior to the peer review to be undertaken by the Committee on Environmental Policy;
(b) Providing guidance to the ECE secretariat and the Committee on Environmental Policy on all substantive and organizational matters arising in the implementation of the ECE Environmental Performance Review Programme;
(c) Assisting the ECE secretariat in coordinating the Environmental Performance Review Programme with processes that have a bearing on it that are under way in other international institutions, inter alia, the European Environment Agency, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Health Organization.
6. The guidance of the Expert Group to the ECE secretariat and Committee on Environmental Policy will include:
(a) Identification of opportunities and requirements for improving the conduct of reviews, including in response to existing and emerging environmental challenges and global processes such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development;
(b) Assessment of environmental trends relevant to the environmental performance review process in non OECD member countries, including through the organization of joint meetings, seminars and workshops at the regional and subregional levels, where these are demand-driven.
7. The core members of the Expert Group are nominated by the ECE member States. The secretariat will invite international institutions pursuing related work to participate in the work of the Expert Group.
8. While taking decisions on an environmental performance review report under review and its recommendations, the Expert Group shall take into consideration the inputs by the reviewing countries, the members of the Committee on Environmental Policy and experts delegated by the Committee who participate in the meeting.
9. The Expert Group shall elect its chair and vice-chair(s).
10. The Expert Group shall report annually on its activities to the Committee on Environmental Policy and may raise any issue with the Committee on Environmental Policy that it deems necessary for the implementation of its mandate.
11. The mandate of the Expert Group will cover a four-year period, from the beginning of 2019 to the end of 2022.