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16 February 2019
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Participation of the Romanian delegation to the Meeting of the Parties to the Espoo Convention and the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment

The Romanian delegation participated to the intermediary Meeting of the Parties (MOP) at the Espoo Convention on the Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context and the Protocol on the Evaluation of the Strategic Environment (SEA). In the context of the presidency of the Council of the European Union, Romania coordinated the common position of the 28 Member States. The Meeting took place at the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva, from 05 to 07 of February. The Romanian delegation was headed by Eugen Constantin Uricec, State Secretary at the Ministry of the Environment, and was composed of specialists from the institutions responsible for implementing the provisions of the Convention and the Protocol and the Permanent Mission of Romania in Geneva.

„With the help of the Espoo Convention Secretariat, Romania has started work under the important Multilateral Agreement Among the Countries of South-Eastern Europe for implementation of the Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context signed in Bucharest in 2011. The Multilateral Agreement, whose major objectives are to increase the cooperation in the South East European region and to ensure ecologically sound and sustainable development in the region, remains an essential tool for responding to the needs of our region”, State Secretary Eugen Uricec declared in the plenary of the Convention.

Following the debates and negotiations, the States Parties to the Convention adopted, in accordance with the Rules of Procedure, the following decisions:

  • Decision on general issues of compliance with the Convention;
  • Decision on compliance by Armenia with its obligations under the Convention in respect of its national legislation;
  • Decision on compliance by Armenia with its obligations under the Convention in respect of a nuclear power plant in Metsamor;
  • Decision on compliance by Azerbaijan with its obligations under the Convention in respect of its national legislation;
  • Decision on compliance by Belarus with its obligations under the Convention in respect of the Belarusian nuclear power plant in Ostrovets;
  • Decision on compliance by Serbia with its obligations under the Convention in respect of a third block of the Kostolac lignite power plant;
  • Decision on compliance by Ukraine with its obligations under the Convention in respect of the Danube-Black Sea Deep Water Navigation Canal in the Ukrainian sector of the Danube Delta;
  • Decision on compliance by Ukraine with its obligations under the Convention in respect of the extension of the lifetime of the Rivne nuclear power plant;
  • Decision on compliance by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland with its obligations under the Convention in respect of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant;
  • Decision on the application of the Convention to the lifetime extension of nuclear power plants;
  • Decision on the revised Guidelines on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context for Central Asian Countries.

The next Meeting of the Parties to the Convention and Protocol will take place, as decided by States Parties, between 8-11 December 2020.

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