Poland, Slovakia and Ukraine will audit the transboundary movement of hazardous waste

The Lviv Declaration mainly concerns joint international audits. The document was signed by the President of the Supreme Audit Office of Poland, Krzysztof Kwiatkowski, and the Chairman of the Ukrainian Accounting Chamber, Valerij Patskan.  

The declaration details subjects of international coordinated areas of particular importance, such as environmental protection, including the pollution of Bug river catchment area and the transboundary East Carpathian Biosphere Reserve. The document further includes provisions on the audit of science and innovation, as well as social policy.

The working meeting and the signing of the Lviv Declaration: NIK President, Krzysztof Kwiatkowski, and the Chairman of the Ukrainian Accounting Chamber, Valerij Patskan

The working meeting and the signing of the Lviv Declaration: NIK President, Krzysztof Kwiatkowski, and the Chairman of the Ukrainian Accounting Chamber, Valerij Patskan

In line with the Declaration, the protection of the human life and the environment against the ffects of waste generation and utilisation is of great significance. The amount of hazardous waste in transboundary transport was thoroughly studied. This matter was subject of an international audit in 2007.

At the time, SAIs of Poland, Slovakia and Ukraine checked the implementation of the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal. Audit results were presented in the Joint Audit Report on the Movement and Removal of Hazardous Waste among Poland, Ukraine and Slovakia in 2004-2007 within the Basel Convention, signed in 2008.

In the document Supreme Audit Institutions recommended to, among others, strengthen the cooperation between authorities and service providers responsible for the transboundary movement of waste, and to amend the law in force, so as to detail the obligations of individual entities regarding the evidence and supervision of waste transport. SAIs also noted that the improved equipment of the border guard, enabling them to identify waste, will increase the effectiveness of actions in this matter.

Acknowledging the importance of the issues presented in the report, as well as their current impact on the life and health of the citizens, the Supreme Audit Office of Poland, Slovak Supreme Audit Office and the Ukrainian Accounting Chamber noticed the need to check the implementation of the aforementioned recommendations and initiated a follow-up audit, to be commenced this year.

The 1989 Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal is one of the most global environmental agreements. It has been ratified by 187 countries to date, including the EU member states. It aims to provide strict supervision over the transboundary movement of hazardous waste, in order to protect the human life and the environment against harmful effects of the waste generation and utilisation.

During the meeting in Lviv heads of the Polish and Ukrainian SAIs also signed a circular to the member SAIs of the EUROSAI Working Group on the Audit of Funds Allocated to Disasters and Catastrophes and to the President of the Supreme Audit Office of Slovakia.

According to the document Supreme Audit Institutions have to address the issues of the transboundary movement of hazardous waste and their potential harmful impact on the human health and the environment, as well as the protection against harmful effects that may arise in course of waste generation and utilisation, because they are obliged to appropriately react in key matters, which influence the life of citizens in particular countries.

Heads of the Polish and Ukrainian SAIs also encourage other SAIs to join the open letter and conduct, as the EUROSAI Working Group on the Audit of Funds Allocated to Disasters and Catastrophes, an international, coordinated audit with regard to the Basel Convention.

Taking into account the scale of the issue and the potential threat of hazardous waste for all countries, heads of the Polish and Ukrainian SAIs expressed hope that their initiative will be supported.

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Date of creation:
03 September 2018 11:11
Date of publication:
30 August 2018 11:11
Published by:
Andrzej Gaładyk
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13 September 2018 13:12
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Polish and Ukrainian flag over the photo from meating of President of the Supreme Audit Office of Poland, Krzysztof Kwiatkowski, and the Chairman of the Ukrainian Accounting Chamber, Valerij Patskan

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