European environmental legislative framework comprehends three very important levels of responsibility and decision-making:
1. The European level – includes the participation of institutions such as the EC, EU Parliament and The European Council in the development of legislation.
2. National level – includes the direct responsibility for the inclusion and implementation of European laws.
3. Regional/local level – includes only limited influence on decision-making.
For the successful realisation of the projected European goals, each of the levels numbered is important in the implementation of European environment policies.
At national level, responsibility levels are divided by the actors of the whole system, and represent a framework within which projects and programmes directly connected with waste and waste management are developed. The centre of the whole process, however, is the creation of good relations with the citizenry, and of preconditions for the realisation of larger infrastructural projects.
How to build a relationship of trust and reach goals delineated by strategic planning at national level is an all-encompassing process, consisting primarily of educated actors of the whole system.
This is why the role of Trustees, Deputy Trustees and Persons responsible in the construction of this system is more than essential.
According to the Sustainable Waste Management Act, Chapter IV, Authority and Obligations in Waste Management, Article 52, Education on Waste Management, waste trustee and their deputy, director, or physical person managing the provider of public service, or the person responsible for waste management, is obliged to procure a certificate from the Ministry of Environmental and Nature Protection on completed Waste Management Education, in accordance with the Programme of Waste Management Education, for a term of five years.