On 20 September 2016, a round table and expert discussion of the draft laws on environmental governance takes place at the initiative of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and in partnership with Verkhovna Rada Committee on Environmental Policy with the support of the EU-funded project "Support to Ukraine in approximation of the EU environmental acquis”. The round table is organised to discuss with stakeholders the draft laws on Strategic Environmental Assessment (reg. #3259) and Environmental Impact Assessment (reg. #2009 a-д).

Prevention of environmental problems at the decision making level is much efficient than remediation of harm to environment. Instruments of environmental impact assessment and strategic environmental assessment will help prevent costly mistakes, arising from neglected environmental and health effects, by providing early warning signals about environmentally unsustainable development options. Ukraine with the history of Chornobyl knows the price of such mistakes.

“How to adjust future economic development to requirements for environmental protection? Would new environmental requirements, established by the draft laws, stimulate or impede economic growth in Ukraine?” – All these questions are to be discussed at the high-level panel for media. Its main purpose is to foster the draft laws on Strategic Environmental Assessment (reg. #3259) and Environmental Impact Assessment (reg. #2009 a-д) for the second reading in the Ukrainian Parliament.  

Media is kindly invited to attend:

What? Round table «Draft Laws on SEA & on EIA — pollution prevention + Eurointegration»
When? 20 September 2016 at 13:30
Where? Verkhovna Rada, Hall #11; 18/2, Grushevskogo st.

Speakers: Ostap Semerak, minister of environment and natural resources of Ukraine; Hugues Mingarelli, EU ambassador to Ukraine; Andriy Parubiy, speaker of the Verkhovna Rada; Iryna Geraschenko, vice-speaker of the Verkhovna Rada; Anatoliy Dyriv, acting head of the Environmental Policy Committee of Verkhovna Rada; George Kremlis, head of the "Cohesion Policy and Environmental Impact Assessments" Unit, Directorate-General for the Environment of the European Commission; Torsten Woellert, energy & environment team leader of the European Commission`s Support Group for Ukraine; and Peter Vajda, environmental expert of Energy Community Secretariat.

For accreditation & agenda, please, contact Olena Marushevska at e-mail: bluerivers.ukraine@gmail.com or tel: +380 (67) 9 062 061. The accreditation is open until 12:00, 19 September 2016.

Background information: Starting from October 2015, the EU-funded project "Support to Ukraine in approximation of the EU environmental acquis” works towards implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement in the field of environment. More information: www.env-approx.org

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