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Experience of our country is important for Moldova which is on its way to European integration

2017-03-13

Today, the Ministry of Environment has received the delegation of the Moldovan Ministry of Environment led by Vice Minister Victor Morgoci. This is the first visit in implementing the cooperation agreement signed by both ministries in Kishinev last September. The aforementioned agreement provides for Lithuania’s support in implementing the environmental reforms related to the implementation of the Association Agreement between the European Union and Moldova.

“Lithuania’s experience is very helpful for Moldova which has chosen the way to European integration”, says Vice Minister Martynas Norbutas. “Our experts are ready to discuss the challenges arising during this process and different ways to cope with them. This meeting held in Vilnius will not only help strengthen the cooperation and sharing of experience between the two ministries but also find out how Moldova is getting on with the preparations for joining the EU family”.

As there are currently many reforms being implemented in Moldova, the guests are particularly interested in the setup of our environmental protection system and structural reorganisations of the Ministry of Environment and its subordinate institutions. Vice Minister Martynas Norbutas has familiarised the Moldovan delegation with the institutional system of our environmental sector and the launched reorganisation of the management of the state forestry sector. He has also presented the position of our country regarding the Astraviec Nuclear Power Plant being built in Belarus. The potential threat of this NPP is a matter of great concern to Lithuania.

Victor Morgoci has noted that he understands such concern very well because his country also faces the potential negative environmental impact of energy projects. While the international community considers the issues related to the Astraviec NPP, Lithuania, according to Victor Morgoci, can rely on Moldova.

The agenda for the today’s meeting is very intensive. Our experts are going to familiarise the delegation of the Moldovan Ministry of Environment with Lithuania’s environmental policy, specific assets of its implementation and the legal base. The meeting participants will discuss the guidelines for future cooperation as well.

Communication Division
13 March 2017


Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas