The State Environmental Inspection criticized the concept of reforming the eco-control system, in particular due to the suspension of the calculation of losses from Russian military aggression during the formal liquidation of the department.
Also, liquidation will require significant funding, which is not provided for in 2023, the State Inspectorate reports on Facebook.
This happened at the public discussion of the draft order of the Cabinet of Ministers "On making changes to the Concept of reforming the system of state supervision (control) in the field of environmental protection". The event, which brought together more than 100 participants, was held by the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources.
It is noted that the concept provides:
- creation of an effective state system for the prevention of environmental offenses and monitoring of the state of the natural environment;
- reducing pressure on the business environment;
- broad involvement of the public in supervision (control);
- creation of a single integrated state body for environmental protection monitoring and supervision (control) – the Service.
The DEI stated that they do not support such a concept, because it does not include justification for the expediency of formal liquidation. The document provides for the transfer of the department's powers to a new body – the State Environmental Protection Inspectorate. This will require significant funding, which is not included in the budget. Eco-inspectors consider such expenses inexpedient in the realities of war.
It is noted that the implementation of the concept will also require a number of new laws and other acts that have not yet begun to be developed.
The message emphasized that from October 2022, eco-inspectors will calculate the amount of damage and losses as a result of military aggression and have the opportunity to calculate the consequences of accidents, emergencies, terrorist and other criminal acts. As of October 2023, they have already calculated 2,130,407,504 thousand hryvnias in damages.
"In the event of the liquidation of the State Inspectorate, the process of calculating damages caused to Ukraine as a result of the armed aggression of the Russian Federation will be suspended. In the future, this will have a negative impact on the process of compensation for damages," the DEI explained.
The eco-inspectors emphasized that they support the urgent need to reform the system of state control, which should be:
- meet European integration requirements;
- contribute to the improvement of the state of Ukraine's natural environment.
Earlier, EcoPolitic wrote, that the president of the PAEU Association of Environmental Professionals, Lyudmila Tsyganok, stated that the environmental control system needs real reform, not its imitation.
Previously, EcoPolitic analyzed how the reform of the State Inspectorate and why it is now being "hidden" unfolded.