04 Jul 2019 Story Chemicals & waste

Advocating for stronger commitment to achieve sound chemicals and waste management in the Republic of Moldova

The Government of the Republic of Moldova has been undertaking strong and positive commitments towards improving the management of chemicals and waste with to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and align itself with European Union regulations. However, the country has recently been experiencing challenges, particularly due to political and financial insecurity, which led to considerable professional and government staff turnover as well as inefficient coordination of legislation and activities related to chemicals and waste management.

To overcome the gaps in legislation, institutions, information exchange and multi-sectoral cooperation, the Republic of Moldova encourages the development of links between the chemicals and waste multilateral environmental agreements. This work is being facilitated through the project “Improving sustainable institutional and regulatory framework for chemicals and waste management throughout their lifecycle in the Republic of Moldova” which is funded by the Chemicals and Waste Programme, also known as the Special Programme.

“The main expectations from present project interventions are to allow the Government to boost coordinated efforts on sound management of chemicals and waste within the sustainable development framework of the country,” says Valentina Tapis, State Secretary for Environment within the Ministry Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment of the Republic of Moldova.

The complexity and importance of the project is reflected in its expected outcomes in response to the objectives of the Chemicals and Waste Programme. It seeks to reinforce and strengthen the national chemicals and waste coordination mechanism, promote the adoption and enforcement of chemicals and waste-related secondary legislation, and provide comprehensive training of relevant stakeholders, including business.

All actions will build upon the country’s prospects to address priority chemicals and waste issues by implementing the newly adopted Chemicals and Waste Acts, which transposes the majority of European Union directives in the field and responds to Moldova’s obligations towards the chemicals and waste-related multilateral environmental agreements to which the country is party.

The project will also contribute to align the Republic of Moldova’s policies with the European Union’s standards and regulations. This will facilitate trade, investments, economic incentives and government interventions, and secure links to health, building business capacity to promote best available techniques and best environmental practices as well as cleaner production to improve regional and international competitiveness.