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Baltic ministers of environment sign new cooperation agreement


Baltic ministers of environment sign new cooperation agreement

Gediminas Kazlauskas, the Lithuanian Minister of Environment, paid a visit to Dagda (Latvia) on 3 June to meet with his Latvian and Estonian colleagues.

During the meeting of the Environmental Committee of the Baltic Council of Ministers (BCM), the minister of environment discussed marine environment issues and waste management problems (improvement of interstate waste transportation control, emphasising green and asphalt waste transportation control).

The meeting addressed the National Plan for Allocating Tradable Allowances and renewable energy sources. The ministers also discussed the planned construction of nuclear power plants in Belarus and Kaliningrad.

A new agreement among the three Baltic states on cooperation in the environmental area was also signed during the meeting.

An agreement signed back on 21 July 1995 has been valid so far. However, it is no longer in line with the current situation and political context. The new agreement includes a provision encouraging raising common issues of national importance on European Union level and supporting their resolution.

The purpose of the agreement is to continue tripartite cooperation in the areas of environmental protection and prevention of environmental pollution, develop economic, scientific and technical relations in order to solve regional and global ecological problems together.

Regional environmental problems will be studied and more effective environmental protection measures will be sought in order to achieve this objective. The countries will regularly exchange information on the environmental condition, inform each other on emergency situations in the environmental area and will immediately take joint actions to eliminate their consequences.

Tomas Beržinskas, spokesman for the Ministry of Environment, tel. 219 1868.

3 June 2010

Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas