Green economy is the path to an economically prosperous world with a clean and healthy environment, and European studies show that circular economy could generate a net benefit of nearly one trillion euros, which is a 7-percent gain in the Gross Domestic Product, Romania’s Minister of the Environment Cristiana Pasca Palmer told the Eighth Ministerial Conference Environment for Europe (EfE) in Batumi, Georgia.
She added that Romania has already made operational an interministerial committee to coordinate and integrate the environment into national sectorial policies and also initiated a process whereby its will devise a package of concrete measures that take into account its national particulars and priorities. At the same time, she said, Romania passed a green public procurement law and devised funding programmes in support of eco-business and green buildings that will open up important green markets.
The Ministry of the Environment, Water and Forestry says the Eighth Ministerial Conference Environment for Europe (EfE) organised by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) opened on Wednesday in Batumi, Georgia, with talks involving 56 participating countries from Europe, North America and Asia. At the core of the talks among more than 800 delegates was transition to a green economy and the approval of an action plan of the conference.
Palmer also addressed a symposium held by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) regarding the management of water resources and its link to green growth.
The Romanian minister also met Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Christian Friis Bach to discuss the latest development cooperation between Romania and UNECE regarding international environmental agreements.