Minister of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources Ruslan Strilets presented Ukraine's environmental priorities for 2024 to members of the International Working Group on the Environmental Consequences of War.
The work of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources and the Working Group are closely interconnected, as they share the same goal: preventing environmental damage and creating the best algorithms for its rehabilitation. Every day, the damage caused is growing. To date, more than 3,700 cases of environmental damage have been documented.
"Despite this, the Ministry's priorities set by the Office of the President of Ukraine and the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine remain unchanged - to pursue reforms. Ukraine's advancement towards the EU cannot be stopped. In 2023, we received an assessment from the European Commission for the work done, and this is our roadmap for 2024," said Ruslan Strilets, Minister of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources.
According to him, the key areas of focus for 2024 include European integration; climate policy and Ukraine's entry into the CBAM; launch of reforms on industrial pollution, water policy, state environmental control and digitalisation.
"All of these are essential efforts for green recovery and sustainable peace under the single umbrella of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's Peace Formula. I would like to thank the International Working Group on the Environmental Consequences of War for its fruitful work on the development of the Ukrainian Environmental Track. I thank Margot Wallström for co-chairing the Group. I am confident that thanks to our efforts, the renewed Ukraine has a great future in the family of European nations," the Minister said.
Read more about each priority in the presentation.