On 20 June 2022, MPs made an important step towards EU membership and making progress in the waste management sector in Ukraine. 282 MPs voted for the draft Law “On Waste Management”, which had been awaiting adoption in various editions for about 10 years.
We want to thank MPs who took the time in such a difficult period when the country is fighting with the aggressor, to make a choice in favor of European integration and a clean environment. Waste reform in Ukraine should have been launched many years ago. The current Law “On Waste” is outdated and has long ceased to ensure environmental safety in waste management sector.
We do not expect that adoption of the framework law will immediately improve everything because in order to launch the mechanisms and instruments proposed by the law, a number of other laws and regulations have to be adopted, but without the framework law, even draft regional waste management plans can not be approved and launched.
We thank the MPs for including the environmental draft law into the agenda of the Parliament at such a difficult time, and we are grateful to the parliamentary Committee of Environmental Policy for advocacy and complex refinement of the law between the first and second readings!
There is still a lot of work ahead in implementation of the waste reform, but the right start has been made!