Baltic ministers of environment meet in Latvia2013-06-14
The Baltic nations' environmental ministers – Latvia's Minister of Environmental Protection and Regional Development Edmunds Sprudžas, Estonia's Minister of Environment Keit Pentus-Rosimannus, and Lithuania's Minister of Environment Valentinas Mazuronis – met today in the Latvian town of Dikli to discuss preparations for the new 2014-2020 EU financial support period and their nations' cooperation during Lithuania's EU Council presidency. The ministers were presented with our nation's priorities during our presidency.
The ministers also shared their experiences in solving environmental problems relevant to all 3 of the Baltic nations. When discussing waste management concerns, the ministers were particularly interested in a deposit system for single-use product packaging. Such a program has been in place since 2005 in Estonia. Latvia plans to implement such a program on January 1st, 2015. Minister Valentinas Mazuronis said that, at that time, Lithuania plans to expand its deposit system to cover not just glass, but plastic and other packaging materials as well. Amendments to the nation's packaging and packaging waste laws will be put before the Seimas for consideration in the fall. The Latvian and Estonian ministers were also interested in the prospects for the construction of an atomic power plant in Lithuania.
This traditional meeting of the Baltic Council of Ministers' environmental ministers was held in Latvia because, since January 1st of this year, they have held the presidency of the Baltic Assembly and the Baltic Council of Ministers.
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