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The Armenian Minister of Environment has approved a roadmap to align national water legislation with European Union regulations through its Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement (CEPA) 

 

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From left to right: Edgar Pirumyan (Ministry of Environment),Irina Ghaplanyan (Deputy Minister of Environment),
Gonzalo Serrano De La Rosa (European Union Delegation to Armenia), Vardan Melkonyan (Chairman of
the Water Committee) and Dmitri Mariasin (resident representative of theUNDP in Armenia) ©OIEau

On 10 July 2020, the Minister of Environment of Armenia issued Decree No 224-L “Ensuring Implementation of the Water Quality and Resources Management Area of the Roadmap for Implementation of the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement (CEPA), signed between the Republic of Armenia and the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States”.

Solid foundation for water sector reforms

The activities included in the road map are related to the implementation of Armenia’s obligations under the European Union Water Framework Directive, Urban Waste Water Directive and Nitrates Directive. For each activity, the road map provides the following information: implementation actions and timeframe, expected results, responsible divisions and sources of financing.

This road map for the implementation of CEPA obligations in the field of water quality and resources management was prepared with the support of the European Union within the European Union Water Initiative Plus (EUWI+) programme (UNECE-led activity under Result 1). The detailed document specifies the list and schedule of activities to be implemented by the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Armenia in the water domain. It complements a general road map for CEPA implementation previously adopted by the Armenian government.

A number of activities included in the roadmap are already being implemented with support from the European Union as part of European Union Water Initiative Plus (EUWI+).

 

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Cover page of the Armenian decree