Ukraine adopts EU-style management of electric and electronic waste

The Environment Agency Austria assists in bringing waste management closer to EU standards

© Ministry for Regional Dev./Ukraine from right to left: Hennadij Subko, Minister for Regional Development of Ukraine, his Deputy Eduard Krugliak, Deputy Minister for Ecology Mykola Kusio and Project Counter Part Maksym Barinov.

Kiev, 20 December 2016 – A new model for the management of electrical and electronic waste in Ukraine was presented by Deputy Prime Minister Hennadii Zubko in Kiev today. This model was prepared in the frame of an EU-funded Twinning project on management of wastes of electric and electronic equipment implemented by Umweltbundesamt (Environment Agency of Austria), Office International de l’Eau (France) and Regional Ministry of Environment of Valencia, Spain, in cooperation with the Ministry of Regional Development of Ukraine.

 

In order to harmonize the Ukrainian legislation on waste governance with the relevant EU acquis on waste, as foreseen in the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, Twinning partners reviewed over 2016 the different models used in Austria, France, Spain, but as well in Italy and Belgium. All elements relevant to Ukraine were selected and combined to design a unique and workable Ukrainian model for the collection and management of wastes of electric and electronic equipment.

 

This model was designed in consultation with central executive bodies, business associations and the public at large. It defines the key principles and priorities of all stakeholders for a progressive, but successful, introduction in Ukraine of EU practices for the management of wastes of electric and electronic equipment.

Perspectives on Southeast Europe and beyond: 112 projects, 27 countries

 

The Environment Agency Austria is the leading organisation of experts for all environmental topics and media in Austria and, with a track record of more than 100 individual projects in 27 countries in Eastern and Southeast Europe and in the Mediterranean countries, an experienced project partner. The Environment Agency Austria builds bridges between the economy, science and politics at national and international level, while also developing perspectives on the sustainable development of society in Austria and in Europe and beyond. Through administrative partnerships – so-called Twinning projects – the Environment Agency Austria has been supporting Central and Southeast European authorities in important environmental matters since 1999. It has assisted them in institutional capacity building and in the implementation of EU law. The funds for these projects are provided by the EU.

 

Further information:
Petra Kestler, Environment Agency Austria Press Office, Tel.: +43 (0)1 31304-5432

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