Following recent session of the Implementation Committee of Espoo Convention (on transboundary environmental impact assessment), the Ministry of Environment of Ukraine reported its representative was elected as vice-chair of the committee.
Yet, there were other development relevant for Ukraine. First, Ukraine informed the committee about preparation of eight secondary legislative acts for implementing recently adopted the Law “On Environmental Impact Assessment”. The Committee stressed the importance for also ensuring the compliance of the subsidiary legislation with the Convention. Second, given the persistent non-compliance with the Convention by Ukraine regarding the Danube – Black Sea Bystre canal project, the Committee decided to prepare an action plan with concrete steps to be taken by Ukraine to bring the Bystroe Canal Project into full compliance with the Convention. Third, the Committee discussed the case on nuclear reactors life time extensions at Rivne nuclear power plant. Ukraine started preliminary consultations with Austria in spring, but the Committee decided to suggest additional proposals to Ukraine, including notification of other affected parties (Belarus, Hungary, Poland, Moldova, Romania and Slovakia). Finally, the Committee re-opened an earlier closed case regarding construction of two nuclear units at Khmelnytska nuclear power plant, based on information by Poland which received invitation from Ukraine to continue transboundary consultations.
In addition, the second amendment to the Convention entered into force on October 23, 2017, which among other things introduces legal basis for functioning of the Implementation Committee and review mechanism as such.