EU to Send Experts to Ukraine to Assess Environmental Damage
Prague- Europe plans to send experts to Ukraine to help Kiev assess the environmental damage caused by the ongoing hostilities and to support the country’s efforts in ensuring environmental protection, Czech Environment Minister Anna Hubackova said on Wednesday.
“EU countries plan to send experts to Ukraine to help determine the environmental damage caused by hostilities in the country. Moreover, this work may gradually begin now,” Hubackova told reporters ahead of an informal meeting of the EU environment ministers in Prague.
The Ukrainian Minister of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources Ruslan Strilets will deliver a speech at the meeting on the environmental assistance Kiev is seeking from the European Union, the Czech official noted, adding that the talks will also focus on financial instruments European organizations can use for this purpose.
EU member states and Ukraine intend to sign a memorandum on the support in the area of environmental protection following the meeting, according to Hubackova.
The Czech minister also stressed that the draft document had been prepared before the outbreak of the hostilities and contains mainly general information about the cooperation in improving the environmental situation in the country.