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Companies can obtain conclusions on the EIA after 5 months of quarantine

05/ 08/ 2020

Yesterday, the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources of Ukraine published step-by-step guidelines for companies to obtain conclusions on environmental impact assessment (EIA).

Thus, these clarifications unblock the EIA procedure and resume the possibility to obtain conclusions on the EIA suspended due to the introduction of quarantine in March.

Although the Law №733-IX “On Amendments to Article 17 of the Law of Ukraine “On Environmental Impact Assessment” to Prevent the Occurrence and Spread of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)” entered into force on July 17, only since yesterday its provisions can be officially used.

Altogether, the Ministry offers two algorithms for the EIA procedure. Thus, companies, that are holding a public discussion of the EIA report for the first time, should:

  • Prepare an announcement of the start of the public discussion, noting that the public hearings cannot be held temporarily, so the public discussion of the planned activities will be conducted in the form of written comments and suggestions.
  • Publish advertisements in the print media.
  • Download all the necessary documents in the e-cabinet of the Unified Register for the EIA to obtain a conclusion.

Companies, which have uploaded all the necessary documents to the Unified Register for the EIA before the entry into force of the Law №733-IX, should:

  • Re-prepare the announcement of the start of the public discussion, noting that the public hearings cannot be held temporarily, so the public discussion of the planned activities will be conducted in the form of written comments and suggestions.
  • Publish advertisements in the print media.
  • Download all the necessary documents through a special option “Additional information to the EIA report ” in the e-cabinet of the Unified Register for the EIA to obtain a conclusion.

Besides, it is not necessary to pay the second time for holding the public discussion. At the same time, the businesses are concerned that their investment projects will be delayed again in case the public discussion procedure is repeated. Therefore, the European Business Association hopes that the Ministry will develop an individual approach to these cases.

It should be recalled that in an official letter dated July 20, the European Business Association addressed the representatives of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Environmental Policy and Nature Management and the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources of Ukraine with a request to provide prompt clarifications on the implementation of the Law No.733-IX.

We hope that there will be no more delays in issuing EIA conclusions and that companies will be able to plan their investment activities more confidently.

 

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