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Business supports the draft law on holding an online public discussion on the EIA report

14/ 05/ 2020
  Last week, the Verkhovna Rada registered Draft Law No.3438 on amendments to the Law of Ukraine on environmental impact assessment to prevent the occurrence and spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The draft law implies that for the period of lockdown, public discussions of planned activities following the submission of the environmental impact assessment report should be conducted exclusively in the form of written comments and suggestions (also, in electronic form). . . At the end of April, on behalf of the European Business Association, we addressed the Ministry of Energy and Environmental Protection with this problem. After all, there is a situation when budget-generating companies are forced to freeze their projects, because due to lockdown for the second month already, they do not have the opportunity to hold public discussions necessary to obtain conclusions on EIA. Conclusions issued untimely cause possible delays, or even cancel the implementation of the company′s projects. It may also result in job cuts and reduced revenues to state and local budgets. Therefore, the business welcomes the efforts of the Ministry of Energy and Environmental Protection of Ukraine and the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Environmental Policy and Nature Management to address the situation. At the same time, we ask to consider the proposals sent by the Association in a separate letter concerning the reconciliation of discrepancies in the application of the provisions of the laws and other regulations. The European Business Association hopes that at the next sitting the Verkhovna Rada will vote for the Draft Law in order to promptly resolve this issue and resume issuing conclusions on EIA.  

Last week, the Verkhovna Rada registered Draft Law No.3438 on amendments to the Law of Ukraine on environmental impact assessment to prevent the occurrence and spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The draft law implies that for the period of lockdown, public discussions of planned activities following the submission of the environmental impact assessment report should be conducted exclusively in the form of written comments and suggestions (also, in electronic form).

At the end of April, on behalf of the European Business Association, we addressed the Ministry of Energy and Environmental Protection with this problem. After all, there is a situation when budget-generating companies are forced to "freeze" their projects, because due to lockdown for the second month already, they do not have the opportunity to hold public discussions necessary to obtain conclusions on EIA. Conclusions issued untimely cause possible delays, or even cancel the implementation of the company′s projects. It may also result in job cuts and reduced revenues to state and local budgets.

Therefore, the business welcomes the efforts of the Ministry of Energy and Environmental Protection of Ukraine and the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Environmental Policy and Nature Management to address the situation. At the same time, we ask to consider the proposals sent by the Association in a separate letter concerning the reconciliation of discrepancies in the application of the provisions of the laws and other regulations.

The European Business Association hopes that at the next sitting the Verkhovna Rada will vote for the Draft Law in order to promptly resolve this issue and resume issuing conclusions on EIA.

 

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