15:29 09.11.2017

Rada sends draft law on strategic environmental assessment for repeated second reading

Rada sends draft law on strategic environmental assessment for repeated second reading

The Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament, has sent bill No. 6106 on strategic environmental assessment for repeated second reading.

A total of 227 MPs voted in support of the relevant decision at the fourth attempt on November 7.

"This bill is aimed at implementing the Association Agreement, the road map on bringing our legislation into line with European [standards]," Ecology and Natural Resources Minister Ostap Semerak said at a morning meeting of parliament on Tuesday, November 7.

"This document extends its effect to government planning documents that have an impact on the environment, human health and life and does not apply to government documents that concern national security, defense, the consequences of accidents or disasters, and does not apply to socio-economic local government programs," he added.

As reported, draft law No. 6106 was supported by the Verkhovna Rada at first reading on May 24.

According to the explanatory note accompanying the bill, the goal of the legislation is to establish a sphere of application and procedure to conduct strategic environmental evaluations, a mechanism for conducting cross-border consultations and to provide information upon taking decisions and monitoring the compliance with documents of state planning on the surrounding environment.

The bill provides establishing a strategic environmental assessment mechanism and the introduction changes to several laws aimed at ensuring protection of the environment during planned social development and commercial activity, taking into account priority factors influencing the environment, including health risks to the local population, ensuring the existence of ecosystems when taking strategic decisions.

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