The Government's Priority Action Plan for 2019, adopted on December 18 last year to implement the Mediumterm Plan of Government Priority Actions until 2020, was finally published on the governmental portal on March 20, 2019. In 2019 the Government plans to take 558 steps, including 40 by the Ministry of Environment (on its own or jointly with other central executive authorities). 

Among other things, we expect important achievements this year regarding adoption of the National Action Plan on Environmental Protection until 2025, establishment of the State Environmental Protection Service, review of the state marine environmental policy, and further works in the exclusion zone. A number of measures should contribute to comprehensive solution to the problems with municipal waste. The Ministry of Environment, for example, should develop and submit to the Verkhovna Rada five draft laws on waste management, a central waste management public authority should be set up. The Government also plans to submit draft law on the Emerald Network and continue creating a network of natural territories by creating new protected territories.

We already can see some success in the implementation of some of the Plan’s steps, in particular the National Waste Management Strategy until 2030 was approved, E-tendering for special permits for subsoil use started, the European-like state water monitoring system has launched. 

In line with the governmental Plan of Priority Actions, the Ministry of Environment approved its own Action Plan for 2019. This one is bigger since in addition to governmental priorities it includes additional measures (proposals) and measures in the framework of joint activities with the Reform Support Team and the Public Council of the Ministry of Environmental Protection. This Plan includes 87 measures and was published on February 20, 2019.