Ukraine, Issue 20 March 2017

Adopted safety rules for the development of underground minerals

All organisations performing underground mining of ore and non-metallic minerals will have to comply with the adopted safety rules.

Russia: Products subject to EPR might be joined into groups for utilization purposes

Draft law proposed by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology aims to provide the manufacturers and importers that are subject to extended producer responsibility requirement to fulfill their utilization obligation by utilizing any products belonging to the same group of products they have produced or imported. According to the draft law, products with the same (similar) purpose and/or requiring the same (similar) way of utilization after use, are to be grouped into 43 groups.

Ukraine: Environmental tax rates increase

As of 1 January 2017 facilities performing air emissions, disposing of hazardous wastes and/or discharging wastewater into water bodies in Ukraine are required to pay higher environmental fees for these operations.

In particular, the following environmental rates have been increased.

Air emissions

Belarus: steps towards the “green economy”

Belarus is planning to implement the National Action Plan on the Development of the Green Economy up to 2020. This plan calls for a number of regulatory changes, as the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection has recently announced.

In particular, the Ministry plans to amend the legislation on public procurement of goods and services with the aim to promote “green” procurement.

Ukraine: Moratorium on state inspections extended until 31 December 2017

LawNo. 1728-VIII of 3 November 2016 extends the moratorium on scheduled state inspections of organisations by state authorities until 31 December 2017. The moratorium means that no organization is to be subject to any scheduled state inspection (e.g. checking compliance with environmental, occupational safety or another legislation). However, the moratorim does not apply to non-scheduled inspections of organisations.