Norway and the United Kingdom have announced aid of more than EUR 5 million for the Chornobyl zone. The countries’ representatives made the announcement at the Assembly meeting of the International Chornobyl Co-Operation Account (ICCA), which was attended by the Ukrainian delegation led by First Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources Oleksandr Krasnolutskyi. The event was organised by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
“Ukraine thanks the representatives of all ICCA contributor countries, and particularly Norway and the United Kingdom, for supporting the development of the Exclusion Zone and effectively assisting our country in the fight against the aggressor state,” said Oleksandr Krasnolutskyi.
The parties agreed to continue cooperation to expedite the signing of a framework agreement between Ukraine and the EBRD to finance measures to restore safe conditions in the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone and radioactive waste management facilities in Ukraine, as well as to support the long-term safe operation of such facilities.
The Assembly meeting was attended by representatives of the European Commission, the International Atomic Energy Agency, Belgium, Norway, Germany, France, the United States of America and other countries.
The Ukrainian delegation included representatives of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources, Chair of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Environmental Policy and Nature Management Oleh Bondarenko, MP Serhiy Mahera, representatives of the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate, and the State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management.