Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman, in the framework of the working visit to Lviv region, chaired a meeting of the Regional Commission for emergency situations with the participation of Lviv mayor Andrii Sadovy, Chairman of Lviv regional state administration Oleh Syniutka and an MP of Ukraine Oleh Bereziuk.
"I didn't come here to deal in politics. I came here to ask how I can help to Lviv residents. Everything I can do to help you, I'm ready to help," said the Prime Minister at the beginning of the meeting.
The Head of Government reminded that earlier he had met with Chairman of Lviv regional state administration Oleh Syniutka to discuss the situation with solid waste management in Lviv.
On commission of the Prime Minister, the day before yesterday the RSA Chairman summoned a meeting of the Regional Commission for emergency situations. The Head of Government thanked for the solutions, but emphasized they were temporary. According to the Prime Minister, it is necessary to find a systemic solution to the problem of solid waste handling.
"My deepest conviction is there is a way out of this situation. It is crucial to find all the possibilities to resolve the problem of solid waste management in Lviv," said Volodymyr Groysman.
The problem with garbage is long-standing. He noted that the problem of solid waste management in Lviv hadn’t been settled for at least 10 years. The absence of a systemic solution has led to the loss of human lives.
"This issue is within responsibility of the Lviv Municipal Council. It is your personal responsibility. You can count on our support, but it is vital that you demonstrate leadership in this process," he stressed.
According to him, the issues on the agenda include remediation of the landfill, in particular, to undertake a number of tasks such as covering waste with layers of soil, gas utilization, and the like.
The Prime Minister reiterated that he is willing to provide assistance to municipal authorities to ensure this problem be solved.
The process of solving the problem must be held in close cooperation with the residents of village Velyki Hrybovychi, stressed the Head of Government.
The Prime Minister noted that due to the financial decentralization the budget of the city of Lviv in 2017 made up UAH 1 billion 800 million, part of which may be spent to address waste treatment issues.
Volodymyr Groysman said that according to available data there had been spent about UAH 100 million for the transportation of waste across the country.
"Our objective is to help people not to stay in trouble and not to create troubles to others territorial communities of Ukraine," accentuated Volodymyr Groysman.