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Environment and Renewable Energy Sources The Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Ostap Semerak stated that the environmental field became a priority of the state policy of Ukraine for the first time in many years. In particular, he noted, "For the first time, the Government and the Parliament pay so much attention to environmental issues. We have succeeded in fulfilling a large number of international commitments and entering the top ten international climate policy leaders. We have adopted a number of important documents that will strategically change the approach to addressing environmental issues in Ukraine". 114 In December 2017, the Government adopted a number of bylaws required to initiate the implementation of the Environmental Impact Assessment Law, in particular, on the procedure for conducting public hearings in the EIA process, the criteria for identifying activities not subject to EIA, the procedure for the transmission of documentation for EA opinion issuing, maintenance of the Single EIA Register. In December, the Ministry of Environment commenced work on the practical implementation of the National Emissions Reduction Plan for Large Combustion Plants (NERP) approved in November – a draft order was issued by the Ministry of Environment to establish maximum permissible emission standards for pollutants from heat-power plants with a capacity of more than 50 MW. President P.Poroshenko signed the Law on Ukraine's Accession to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), which opens up new opportunities for Ukraine to implement "green" projects. Moreover, since January next year, electric vehicles will be available for purchase without VAT, excise and import duties.

Directive 2011/92/EC on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment (codification) (Article 363 of the AA): On December 18, 2017 the Law "On Environmental Impact Assessment", approved by the Parliament on May 23, 2017, was enacted (№ 2059-VIII).115 To enable its practical application, the Government on December 13, 2017 approved three relevant bylaws, namely: -

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Resolution of December 13, 2017, No. 989 "On Approval of the Public Hearings Procedure in the Process of Environmental Impact Assessment"116; Resolution of December 13, 2017, No. 1010 “On Approval of Criteria for the Definition of Planned Activities that are not subject to Environmental Impact Assessment and Criteria for Defining Extensions and Changes in Activities and Objects that are not subject to an Environmental Impact Assessment”117; Resolution of December 13, 2017, No. 1026 “On Approval of the Procedure for the Transmission of Documents for Issuing an Environmental Impact Assessment Opinion and Financing of the Environmental Impact Assessment and the Procedure of the Single Environmental Impact Assessment Register Keeping”118.

The Single EIA Register has already been launched in a test mode. It is available at the link – http://eia.menr.gov.ua .

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https://menr.gov.ua/news/31943.html http://zakon3.rada.gov.ua/laws/show/2059-19 116 https://www.kmu.gov.ua/ua/npas/pro-zatverdzhennya-poryadku-provedennya-gromadskih-sluhan-u-procesi-ocinki-vplivu-nadovkillya 117 https://www.kmu.gov.ua/ua/npas/pro-zatverdzhennya-kriteriyiv-viznachennya-planovanoyi-diyalnosti-yaka-ne-pidlyagayeocinci-vplivu-na-dovkillya-ta-kriteriyiv-viznachennya-rozshiren-i-zmin-diyalnosti-ta-obyektiv-yaki-ne-pidlyagayut-ocinci-vplivu-nadovkillya 118 https://www.kmu.gov.ua/ua/npas/pro-zatverdzhennya-poryadku-peredachi-dokumentaciyi-dlya-nadannya-visnovku-z-ocinkivplivu-na-dovkillya-ta-finansuvannya-ocinki-vplivu-na-dovkillya-ta-poryadku-vedennya-yedinogo-reyestru-z-ocinki-vplivu-nadovkillya 115

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