The new Programme of work of the OECD/EAP Task Force (2012-2015) aims to enable a more rapid shift towards greener, environmentally-sustainable growth in transition economies of Eastern Europe, Caucasus, and Central Asia (EECCA). Within this framework, the OECD secretariat convened a regional expert meeting focused on the improvement of the main types of economic and other monetary instruments of environmental protection in EECCA.
Hosted by the Ministry of the Environment of Poland, the meeting took place on 5-6 March 2012 in Warsaw. The meeting gathered 30 governmental and non-governmental experts from EECCA countries, representatives of EECCA Regional Environmental Centres (RECs), OECD member countries, the European Commission and UNECE. Participants considered the results of two comparative studies of environmental liability systems in OECD and EECCA countries and the implementation of their recommendations. They also discussed progress in reforming pollution charges and other economic instruments in EECCA over the last ten years and commented on the OECD secretariat’s plans for further analysis of this issue.
The meeting participants reiterated their support for policy recommendations, developed by OECD, on the main lines of reform of the environmental liability regimes in EECCA, in particular the need to re-orient their function from monetary punishment of offenders towards the prevention and remediation of environmental damage. The participants expressed high demand for follow-up country-level projects and methodological support on scoping and costing of remediation activities as part of reforming their environmental liability regimes.
Agreement was reached on the key messages and outline of a regional policy paper on refocusing economic and other monetary instruments. Besides clarifying the functions of different instruments and their place within the mix of environmental policy implementation instruments, the paper will explain the role of these instruments in promoting green growth. The discussion on future activities on economic instruments revealed the participants’ preference for working on market incentives for greener products.
The meeting was conducted in the framework of activities financially supported by the Governments of Finland and the Netherlands. The Government of Poland provided an in-kind contribution for the meeting’s organisation.
The main outcomes of the meeting are reflected in its Summary Record.