High-level opening session. From left to right: Marta Voitsekhovich, Verkhovna Rada’s Committee on Energy, Housing and Utilities Services, Johannes Baur, Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine,
Mikhailo Khorev, State Agency of Water Resources of Ukraine, Aleksandr Bonʹ, Ministry of Energy and Environmental Protection of Ukraine © OIEau
On 5 and 6 November, the National Policy Dialogue (NPD), which is the main platform to facilitate reform of water policies, took place in Ukraine as part of the “AQUA 2019” International Water Forum. Over two days, participants discussed reforms in the field of water policy and confirmed the commitment of Ukraine and the European Union to water policies that protect people’s lives and livelihoods.
Next steps to improve water management in Ukraine
On 5 November, a high-level opening session chaired by the newly formed Ministry of Energy and Environmental Protection presented the importance of Ukraine's Association Agreement with the EU. This instrument will drive the country’s alignment with the Water Framework Directive and associated directives. The meeting was attended by EU Commissioner Johannes Baur, Head of Operations Section, Economic Cooperation, Energy, Infrastructure and Environment. Representatives from international financial institutions discussed the importance of coherent cross-sectoral policy and a prioritised investment portfolio with a maximum impact for every euro invested.
On 6 November, the National Water Policy Dialogue (round table) discussed the role of policy coherence, meaningful indicators, international obligations and the pragmatic strategic framework required to drive prioritised investment decisions.
- Irina Stavchuk, Ministry of Energy and Environmental Protection of Ukraine. © OIEau
This two-day meeting was jointly organised by the EU project “European Union Water Initiative plus for the Eastern Partnership Countries” (EUWI+) with the EU Delegation to Ukraine, Ukraine’s Ministry of Energy and Environmental Protection, Ministry for Communities and Territories Development, and State Agency for Water Resources.