Exclusive 14:29 29 Jun 2022

European Commissioner for the Environment Virginijus Sinkevičius named three main problems related to ecology in Ukraine

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According to the EU Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, this is the implementation of new legislation, ensuring the functioning of nature protection zones and improving forest protection

On Friday, June 24, Rubryka met with Virginijus Sinkevičius, European Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans, and Fisheries. During an exclusive interview, we asked Mr. Sinkevičius what environmental problems in Ukraine we should solve first. The European Commissioner noted:

First of all, I will say that we are talking against the background of the war, so it is very difficult to talk about environmental legislation when a war going on. But now, a decisive and significant step has been taken — the law "On Waste Management" was adopted. It is a great law in line with EU directives, and its idea is good. Now, it is crucial to implement it properly. The implementation process is always difficult. It requires the involvement of society, regions, and so on. I hope that Ukraine successfully implements waste management legislation. Secondly, of course, the best protection for the environment is to create protection zones and ensure their functioning. The third step I would probably mention isforest protection. It is especially important to protect the old natural forests that are part of the Emerald Network.

Read the full interview with European Commissioner for the Environment Virginijus Sinkevičius here.


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