UNP WG3 members, the National Ecological Centre of Ukraine, the International Charity Organisation “Environment-People-Law”, the International Charity Organisation “Green Dossier” Information Centre”, the Resource & Analysis Centre “Society and Environment” and the independent expert Anna Holubovska-Onisimova launched the initiative “Assessment of Environmental Policy Implementation in Ukraine” within the project “Supporting the activities of the UNP EaP CSF 2021-2023”, which is implemented by the Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting with the financial support of the European Union.
Name of the Initiative: Assessment of Environmental Policy Implementation in Ukraine
Organisations: National Ecological Centre of Ukraine, International Charity Organisation “Green Dossier” Information Centre” the International Charity Organisation “Environment-People-Law”, Resource & Analysis Centre “Society and Environment” (UNP WG3). and independent expert Anna Holubovska-Onisimova.
Duration: June – September 2023
The Initiative aims to assess the current state of Ukraine’s environmental policy in the light of preparations for the start of negotiations on EU membership under Chapter 27 “Environment and Climate Change”.
What is the Initiative about?
Contrary to popular belief that Ukraine only needs to adapt and implement EU legislation to join the EU, this process also involves EU policies, including environmental and climate policies, the most ambitious of which is the European Green Deal (EGD). Ukraine has committed to publishing an annual report on the implementation of environmental policy, as required by the Law of Ukraine “On the Environmental Security and Climate Adaptation Strategy until 2030”. However, such a report has never been prepared before. In general, there have been no reports on the implementation of state environmental policy in Ukraine, only reports on the state of the environment. As a result, there is no well-founded position on the state, dynamics, shortcomings, achievements and, in general, the effectiveness of Ukrainian environmental policy in achieving its goals. As a result, there is no constructive dialogue between the government and civil society organisations on the development of environmental policy, its improvement and priorities. This problem has become particularly acute in the light of the forthcoming EU accession negotiations, in particular Chapter 27 “Environment and Climate Change”.
The Initiative will conduct a study on the effectiveness of environmental and climate policy in Ukraine in the context of green recovery and Ukraine’s movement towards EU membership. The results of the study and recommendations for necessary policy changes will be presented in a policy paper.
The study and preparation of the document will involve the member organisations of Working Group 3 “Environment, Climate Change and Energy Security” of the Ukrainian National Platform of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum, which are active in the field of environmental policy, in particular the NGOs “Green Dossier” Information Centre”, “Environment-People-Law”, “Society and Environment” in cooperation with which previous analytical documents were developed, as well as other members of the Working Group.
The results of the Initiative will be disseminated through the media and communicated to representatives of the executive branch and parliamentarians, including for public discussion of the results.
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The Initiative is implemented within the project “Supporting the activities of the UNP EaP CSF 2021-2023” funded by the European Union, the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum and implemented by the Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting.