Environmentalists disclose environmental crime schemes to prosecutors of the Baltic Sea countries2016-09-23
Officials of the Ministry of Environment and the State Environmental Protection Service had an opportunity to introduce the most sensitive environmental problems in Lithuania to prosecutors of all Baltic Sea countries and define typical crime schemes.
Yesterday (22 September) Vilnius saw the beginning of a two-day meeting of the environmental prosecutors of the Baltic Sea countries. The meeting is attended by prosecutors from Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden and Lithuania who specialise in the field of environmental crime.
The meeting mostly focused on illegal trade in waste, transboundary shipments and destruction of waste ignoring the procedure laid down in legislation. The participants also discussed the problem of investigation of environmental crimes and the ways of examining such cases in other countries, and looked for solutions to more complicated situations.
The representatives of the Ministry of Environment and the State Environmental Protection Service who attended the meeting presented the results of investigations carried out by an interinstitutional working group set up by the Prosecutor General and the Minister of Environment and the actions of this group planned for the future. The purpose of this working group is to investigate the actions of waste management enterprises entitled to issue documents evidencing the management of product and/or packaging waste with respect to any potentially fictitious waste management, document fraud, illegal income and state tax evasion.
Specialists from the Ministry of Environment have actively contributed to the activities of police officers and prosecutors engaged in criminal prosecution, informing them of potential crimes to nature and providing methodological assistance. At a meeting that took place in early September of this year the Prosecutor General made a promise that law enforcement officers would continue to help the Ministry of Environment and its regional environmental protection units in their fight against illegal waste management and disclose schemes of fictitious and even criminal waste management.