Representatives of the OECD Environment Directorate to assess Lithuania’s progress in preparing for its membership in the organisation2016-07-05
On 4–5 July 2016, the representatives of the Environment Directorate of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) paid a visit to the Ministry of Environment. This was the first meeting with the OECD representatives intended to assess Lithuania’s preparation for its membership in the OECD in the area of environmental protection.
For two days, the responsible officials from the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Energy, the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Statistics discussed with the OECD representatives on how the positions drafted by Lithuania regarding the OECD legal instruments in the area of environmental protection could be supplemented. The reviewed and revised position of Lithuania will have to be submitted to the OECD in August. The Secretariat of the Environment Committee will analyse and evaluate it and provide conclusions to other 35 OECD Member States. In the meeting of the OECD Environment Policy Committee, which will be held in February 2017, Lithuania will have to present its preparation to enter this organisation, to substantiate the submitted information and to answer any questions by the Member States.
At the beginning of the meeting, the OECD representatives positively assessed the work completed by the Ministry of Environment in a timely manner, the submitted draft legal acts and translations of more than 20 national legal acts into the English language because all these documents help assess better Lithuania’s progress in trying to become a member of the OECD.
The participants of the meeting discussed various issues related to resource productivity, management of funds allocated for environmental protection, “green” public procurement, use of economic instruments in environmental, energy, transport and other related sectors, environmental impact assessment and development assistance, pollution prevention and control as well as water demand management.
In the autumn of this year, there will be another two meetings held between representatives of the responsible Lithuanian institutions and the OECD officers for the purpose of assessing Lithuania’s input in implementing the OECD legal instruments in the field of waste and chemicals management.
5 July 2016