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Zelenskyi suggested that checks by “ecologists” in ports be suspended

13 July 2019, 21:08

Zelenskyi suggested that checks by “ecologists” in ports be suspended

The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi has suggested a two-month suspension  for ship checks in the sea ports of Ukraine by the employees of the State ecological inspectorate, until the newly-elected Parliament starts passing the required laws in order to settle the problem, “Interfax-Ukraine”  reports.

“I understand, normal ideas, let us consider them, there will be a new Parliament which will pass these laws, all the environmental laws and so on, but for the time being a normal decision, law-enforcement bodies will help us in this situation, and you could pro tempora forbid the entry. We have a two-month time, I think, nobody will suffer losses during these two months ”, Zelenskyi said at the meeting dedicated to development of the Ukrainian sea ports, held in Odesa on Saturday.

Responding to a comment that the ecology of the Black Sea will suffer, Zelenskyi said: “If it were clear now and if it would be possible to swim in Odesa and you would ask me the same question, I would believe you”.

The Cabinet of Ministers at the meeting on Wednesday will consider a new procedure of interaction by the state authorities in the sphere of the environmental protection in the maritime ports of Ukraine. Along with this, the Cabinet of Ministers suspends checks in ports until the new procedure is considered.

The European Business Association addressed the Prime-minister Volodymyr Groisman and the Government with a request to take observation of legislation in maritime ports under their control.

In April 2019, Prime-Minister Volodymyr Groisman signed the decree of the Cabinet of Ministers No. 367 dated 27 March 2019 “On some deregulations issues of business activity”. The decree, among other things, cancels control of isolated ballast and coordination of reloading technology for each kind of cargo with the State Ecological Inspectorate, and the procedure of detection of ship pollutant discharge was brought in line with the requirements of the Convention MARPOL 73/78. Besides that, the decree establishes that water checks on ships shall not be carried out by the State Ecological Inspectorate until the procedure for running checks, sampling and analyses comes into force.

“The decision by the Government, passed with support of the Prime-Minister Volodymyr Groisman, will not only settle one of the most problematic issues in the relations between business and the State Ecological Inspectorate, but will also bring the rules of work in the Ukrainian ports in line with the international conventions that Ukraine became earlier party of. I thank the Government for a balanced approach to a further deregulation and enhancement of the investment appeal of our ports”, Raivis Vetskagans, Acting Head commented the event.

Preliminary estimates made by the maritime business community show that the failure to settle the issues related to activity of the State Ecological Inspectorate, which during the last 16 months had caused demurrage of vessels in maritime ports, has resulted in the total loss of $200 million annually in the form of non-created GDP and non-received income both by state and business.

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