This project is funded by the European Union

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Twinning Project

“Introduction of a Management System of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) in Ukraine”

This Twinning project is directed on bringing gradually the Ukrainian waste management system closer to EU standards through the introducing the effective and sustainable waste management systems for WEEE and waste batteries that will support  the implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement in the waste management area.

The Project has launched in March 2016 and will be effective till November 2017.

The main components of the Project are as follows:

Component 1: Consolidation of the relevant stakeholders

The establishment of Working Group with involvement of all relevant stakeholders for project coordination, managing of conflicting interests, exchange best practices, training needs assessment, organizing of study tours, improve both public awareness and business engagement.

Component 2: Removing of administrative and technical barriers for WEEE and batteries collection and recycling

The development of conceptual documents on financing and technical solutions, producer responsibility, circular economy and resource efficiency. Identification of the legislative gaps and providing proposals for development of required legal framework and its implementation.

Component 3: Awareness-raising among the general public on waste prevention and environmentally sound waste management

Communication on waste prevention, collection and environmentally sound treatment through information campaigns, development of dedicated web-site and educational materials.

On the EU side the project is led by Austria (Environment Agency - Umweltbundesamt GmbH) in consortium with France (Office International del’Eau),  French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) and Spain (Fundación Internacional y para Iberoamérica de Administración y Políticas Públicas - FIIAPP), Conselleria de Agricultura, Medio Ambiente, Cambio Climático y Desarrollo Rural, Valencia.

The formal Beneficiary of this Twinning project is the Ministry of Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine (the MoR),

The Ministry of Ecology & Natural Resources (the MENR) is closely associated to most of the activities of this Twinning.

Under the Association Agreement with the European Union, which has been fully signed on 27 June 2014, Ukraine is committed to implement essential elements of Directive 2008/98/EC "on wastes" within five years after its entry into force upon ratification by the Ukrainian Parliament. One key commitment under the Directive is to “move up” the waste management hierarchy from disposals to landfills through different forms of recovery and recycling towards maximising re-use and prevention.

The signed Association Agreement states: "cooperation shall aim at preserving, protecting, improving, and rehabilitating the quality of the environment, protecting human health, prudent and rational utilisation of natural resources and promoting measures at international level to deal with regional or global environmental problems, including inter alia (…) waste and resource management" (article 361). The Association Agreement stipulates further the deadlines for the transposition of main components of the Directive 2008/98/EC on wastes, with, in particular the need to:

  • Adopt a national legislation and design competent authorities within 3 years after the entry into force of the Agreement
  • Prepare waste management plans and waste prevention programmes, in line with the 5-step waste within 3 years
  • Establish a full cost recovery mechanism in accordance with the "polluter pays" principle and Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) principle (art. 14) within 5 years
  • Establish a permitting system for carrying out disposal or recovery operations, with specific obligations for the management of hazardous wastes (Chapter IV) within 5 years;
  • Establish a register of waste collection and transport establishments (Chapter IV) within 5 years.

The Ukrainian Government will remain committed to the modernisation of the country’s waste management system and to transposition of the best EU practices in this field, including the Extended Producers’ Responsibility (EPR) principle.

Beneficiary project



Project partners:

Австрійське агентство навколишнього середовища  Міжнародний офіс води  French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME)  Міжнародний і Іберо-Американський фонд для управління і громадських політик  Conselleria d'Agricultura, Medi Ambient, Canvi Climatic i Desenvolupament Rural (Generalitat Valenciana)                






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