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29 Jun 2015

Prospects for environmental cooperation between EaP states discussed in Minsk

MINSK, 29 June (BelTA) - The session on the environmental protection is set to formulate the proposals on cooperation between the states-members of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) in this area, Belarus’ First Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Protection Iya Malkina said before the fifth round of the minister-level informal dialogue of the EaP countries, BelTA has learned.

"First of all, I would like to discuss the issues related to further cooperation. Plans for the next period are important for us. This year we are taking stock of the previous five-year period. We need to work together on the proposals that would form the basis for the future long-term cooperation,” said Iya Malkina. According to her, for Belarus concrete goals are important. They will be the priorities for further development of bilateral and multilateral relations.

Iya Malkina reported that the parties are also set to discuss the issues and prospects for financing the projects in various states. "We are going to talk about the prospects for expanding the cooperation, associated with the climate agreement. A new Paris agreement, which will replace the Kyoto Protocol, is expected to be signed in December 2015. For us, this question is important, and today we would like to discuss the prospects of this document,” she stated.

Another area to be discussed is related to the environmental activities and expanding the cooperation in the field of biodiversity. According to Iya Malkina, the important interaction is the assimilation of new technologies and developing the principles of the green economy. "Belarus is omitted to developing the green economy. Our strategic documents read that these principles will be the priority for us. It would be important to hear from colleagues and partners which priorities would be interesting for them. We want to ensure that the cooperation should be fruitful,” the First Deputy Minister summed up.

Today Minsk is hosting the fifth round of Informal Ministerial Dialogue of the countries-participants of the Eastern Partnership Initiative which includes two components: a ministerial meeting on the environment issues and a meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the EaP countries-participants.

The Informal Ministerial Dialogue of the countries-participants of the Eastern Partnership at the level of Ministers of Foreign Affairs and heads of other ministries were first held in 2012. The main goal is to provide a regular platform for an open exchange of views on the topical issues of the EaP and the issues on the international agenda.

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