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Experts and MPs to discuss amended environment bills

How are the president's remarks taken into account?

Experts and MPs to discuss amended environment bills

On 22 May, at 14:00, within the framework of the information partnership of the Reanimation Package of Reforms and Gorshenin Institute, and with the support of the LB.ua website, a round table conference "European environmental assessment standards. The second attempt for Ukraine" will be held at the press center of Gorshenin Institute.

On October 4, 2016, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted as a whole the bills No. 2009a-d "On Environmental Impact Assessment" and No. 3259 "On Strategic Environmental Assessment". However, the president of Ukraine returned the bills to parliament for revision. On April 12, 2017, the profile parliamentary committee recommended the lawmakers to adopt in general the bill No. 2009a-d "On Environmental Impact Assessment" that took into account the proposals of the president. The committee also recommended the adoption of a revised and re-introduced bill No. 6106 "On Strategic Environmental Assessment".

Issues for discussion:

· How the president's suggestions are taken into account in the revised bills? What, who and why stands in the way of European standards for the assessment of the environmental impact in Ukraine?

· How do these bills minimize corruption risks when conducting an environmental impact assessment?

· What are the advantages of these laws for business, communities and the state? What Ukraine has examples of voluntary implementation of EU Directives and the benefits it provides. What advantages on the international scene will Ukraine receive in the event of the adoption of these bills?

· What could be the repercussions in the opposite case?

Invited speakers:

Anatoliy Dyriv, MP, First Deputy Chairman of the Committee on environmental policy, nature resource management and liquidation of the consequences of the Chernobyl accident;

Ostap Yednak, MP, secretary of the profile committee;

Ivan Rybak, MP, Chairman of the Subcommittee on the State Monitoring of the Natural Environment;

Mykola Kuzio, Deputy Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources in charge of European Integration;

Hanna Holubovska-Onisimova, Chairman of the Coordinating Council of VEGO "Mama-86";

Tetyana Tevkun, expert, Ecology-Law-Individual and the RPR expert group on environment protection;

Serhiy Vykhrist, expert, EU project "Supporting Ukraine in approximation of EU legislation in the environmental field."

For more information, please contact: Bohdan Yatsun, 093 0574076

Contacts for media accreditation: (044) 230 49 62

Any media coverage of the event must mention Gorshenin Institute as its organizer.

The address of Gorshenin Institute: Kyiv, 18b Mala Zhytomyrska St. (entrance through the arch from Mykhaylivskyy Lane).