Environment

State of compliance 

 

  • Environmental Impact Assessment Directive

    Environmental Impact Assessment / Strategic Environmental Assessment Directive

    In Georgia, the Law on the Environmental Assessment Code, adopted in December 2017, regulates both types of environmental assessments. Two ministerial orders necessary for the implementation of the Law (one related to the rules on public hearings and one to the procedure for the remuneration of public experts) were also adopted. The Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture acts as competent authority for both types of environmental assessments, including transboundary ones.

    During the past year, capacity building trainings and seminars were held on the implementation of both types of environmental assessments in order to provide the necessary expertise to the staff of the competent authority.

  • Sulphur in Fuels Directive

    Sulphur in Fuels Directive

    In accordance with Georgia’s Accession Protocol to the Energy Community Treaty, the Directive shall be fully implemented by 1 September 2021.

    In 2017, the Secretariat assisted Georgia, via an EU4Energy Governance project, in drafting national legislation transposing the requirements of the Directive into national law. No information is provided on the adoption of the draft yet.

  • Large Combustion Plants Directive

    Large Combustion Plants / Industrial Emissions Directive

    Georgia’s Accession Protocol to the Energy Community Treaty sets out a transitional period for the transposition of the provisions of the Large Combustion Plants Directive until 31 December 2018 for existing plants and a transitional period until 1 September 2018 for new plants. In the past year, a draft Law on Industrial Emissions and relevant draft by-laws aiming to transpose the Directive into national law (including one containing special provisions for combustion plants) were prepared with the help of a twinning project.

    The draft by-law on special provisions for combustion plants, which sets emission limit values for new and existing combustion plants, is planned to be approved by December 2019. Given the delay, Georgia has to urgently step up its transposition efforts in order to avoid infringement procedures.

  • Wild Birds

    Wild Birds

    The deadline in the Accession Protocol of Georgia to transpose Article 4(2) of the Wild Birds Directive expired on 1 September 2019.

    Further steps were taken under the Bern Convention with the official adoption of a total of 39 Emerald sites in this Contracting Party. Furthermore, Georgia has seven candidate sites to be included on the Emerald list. Ensuring the proper functioning of the Emerald Network, which is highly compatible with the Natura 2000 network, would be beneficial for the future classification process. Furthermore, the necessary measures for the protection of protected species have to be set up.