Comprehensive reforms resulting in in-depth changes in society are always driven by certain forces or circumstances.

Every day, social networks, television and radio tell us about environmentalists who yell about systemic violations of environmental legislation, mass deforestation, landfills and water pollution. So, who should take the lead and responsibility for the crucial changes in Ukraine’s environmental policy? Who gives or can give impetus to make sound environmental mechanisms actually work?

While the average citizen is troubled with financial crisis, increasing tariffs and war, politicians are still focused on dividing mandates and powers. The Verkhovna Rada itself is hardly pro-environmental, and the line ministry has been headless for almost a year.

Today, pressure from international donors that provide financing, approve projects and supervise reforms is the only force capable of making the Government and the Parliament pay attention to environmental issues. Was it not the European Commission or bodies in charge of monitoring compliance with international conventions to make Ukraine draft laws and try at least to pretend making environmental reforms? Politicians and officials must realise that the introduction of environmental standards will be a benefit for the whole country, its citizens and their future. Finally, we have a good opportunity and external support for that.