Lithuania to contribute to the Interpol-led investigations of environmental crimes2016-06-14
The State Environmental Protection Service (“the Service”) is now part of the Environmental Security Task Force at the Interpol. On 6-8 June 2016, a representative of the Service attended a meeting of the task force run by the INTERPOL Environmental Crime Unit in Glasgow (Scotland).
Key purposes of the meeting include setting up of strategy for control of international transportation and development of a plan on timely information exchange between the member states. Members of the task force group (member states) have presented issues of illegal or fictitious management, transport or export of hazardous, non-hazardous packages and/or product waste and ways to deal with these issues.
According to Kęstutis Trečiokas, Minister of Environment, “the officials of environmental protection have long become aware that schemes of illegal or fictitious waste management take place involving highly organised groups and further transcend borders of any given country. I am glad that the officials in the system of the Ministry of Environment are also involved in this investigation of scale. The only way to stop most insolent criminals and ensure cross-border transportation and actual management of waste is cooperation with other countries”.
The international strategy for control of cross-border transportation of waste and timely information exchange between the member states should lead to a more successful identification of instances of illegal or fictitious transportation of waste.