Bilateral meeting of Ministers of the Environment of the Czech and the Slovak Republic promoted more active cooperation between both sides

Bilateral meeting of Ministers of the Environment of the Czech and the Slovak Republic promoted more active cooperation between both sides

On 15 February 2017, the Minister of the Environment Richard Brabec met the Minister of the Environment of the Slovak Republic László Sólymos.

The Ministers exchanged experience mainly with the preparation and revision of the new and the existing legislation on waste management. They discussed inter alia the setting of the landfill fees for landfilling of waste to encourage higher recycling targets and waste recovery. At the same time the ministers discussed the experience to ensure an effective network for waste sorting and treatment which will be available for all citizens in all cities of both countries. They also agreed that it is necessary to resolve the final utilization of the sorted waste, including recovery facilities and placing the recyclates on the market.

Thereafter the Ministers talked about the problems with the application of the EIA law and the Water Framework Directive.

Having regard to the many topics where it is useful to exchange experiences and cooperate during EU negotiations, the Ministers agreed on the intensification of cooperation at the level of experts in the next period. A regular meeting in the framework of the Czech-Slovak Commission for cooperation in the field of environmental protection will contribute to this. For the first time this Commission met at the same day as Ministers.

The parties exchanged many important and detailed information concerning implementation of biodiversity legislation, the EIA law and the new EIA directive, a circular economy, water management and cooperation at the EU and the multilateral level. The second meeting of the Commission will take place in Slovakia.

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