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This was reported by Deputy Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine on European Integration Hanna Vronska during the expert meeting with members of the public to discuss the priorities of government policy, namely the draft law "On Waste" (new version).

“European integration processes in the environmental protection opens to Ukraine not only glowing prospects, but also poses serious challenges, with no exception to waste management” - she said.

After signing the Association Agreement the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine by a decree of 17.09.2014 No. 847-p approved the Action Plan for the implementation of the Association Agreement between Ukraine, on the one hand, and the European Union, the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, on the other hand, for 2014-2017 and approved the major objectives that Ukraine must fulfill.

With a view to the proper organization of work on the objectives implementation to bring the legislation of Ukraine in line with that of the European Union, the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine drafted and the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine approved plans of implementation of the EU legislative acts in waste management, including: amendments to the legislation on waste management in accordance with the EU directives, namely:

  • Directive 2008/98/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 November 2008 on waste;
  • Directive 2006/21/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 March 2006 on the management of waste from extractive industries and amending Directive 2004/35/EC;
  • Council Directive 99/31/EC of 26 April 1999 on the landfill of waste amended by Regulation (EC) No.1882/2003.

The main objectives of the implementation plan is to introduce contractual provisions of the Directive, such as:

  • adoption of the national legislation and determination of the authorized body (bodies);
  • preparing plans on waste management in accordance with the five-stage waste hierarchy and programs on waste prevention;
  • harmonization of categorizing waste as hazardous and its classification according to the European List of Waste (List of waste);
  • establishment of a full cost recovery mechanism under the “polluter pays” principle and the principle of extended producer responsibility;
  • establishment of a permit system for institutions / enterprises engaged in operations on removal or recycling of waste, with special obligations regarding management of hazardous waste;
  • introduction of a register of institutions and enterprises that collect and transport waste.

“The Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources set up a working group for waste and resource management, which drafted a new version of the Law of Ukraine “On Waste” with the consideration of EU standards. 8 meetings have been already held, the working group includes representatives of the public and business” - Hanna Vronska said.

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