One of the most discussed draft laws for ecological modernization (No. 4167 ‘On prevention, reduction, and control over industrial pollution’) is currently on the agenda of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.
The Draft Law No. 4167 was developed to fulfill Ukraine’s obligations under the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, European Atomic Energy Community and the Member States.
The key novelties of the Draft Law No. 4167 are:
Alternative Draft Law No. 4167-1 has been recently put to the agenda of the Verkhovna Rada. The alternative Draft Law is more liberal and suggests limited powers of the regulatory authorities in respect of emission control, if compared to the Draft Law No. 4167.
Both Draft Laws are pending review of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.
Dmytro Vidsota, Managing Partner of Robinson Patman Law Firm:
‘At the moment, both draft laws (No. 4167 and No. 4167-1) are being approved by the committees and are pending review of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. It is still difficult to predict which draft law will be taken as a basis, as well as what changes will be made in the process of approvals and consultations.
The need for ecological modernization of the industrial sector of Ukraine has long been ripe and, of course, aims to increase its competitiveness, in international markets in particular. Ukrainian business, subject to proper legal support within the framework of the European ecological regulation implementation, will receive not only environmental, but also economic benefits.’
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