The issues concerning green economic growth of EU's Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries were considered in Brussels


RA Deputy Minister of Nature Protection Kh. Hakobyan was on a working visit to Brussels (the Kingdom of Belgium), had a participation in the final conference of “Greening Economies in the Eastern Neighbourhood'' (EaP Green) project  funded by the European Union. The conference was co-organized  by “ Greening Economies in the Eastern Neighbourhood'' (EaP Green) Project, financed by the European Union,  bilateral donors and implemented by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in collaboration  with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). EaP Green''Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production'' Demonstration project (RECP) in Armenia is implemented by the Regional Environmental Centre for the Caucasus (REC Caucasus).  

 “Resource efficiency and clean production” Demonstration project (RECP) is one of the three components of “ Greening Economies in the Eastern Neighbourhood'' (EaP Green) Project  implemented in the six EaP countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine); the overall project is targeted at moving towards greener economy, by decoupling economic growth from environmental degradation and resource depletion.      

High level government officials from the EaP and the EU countries, the EaP GREEN National Focal Points from the Ministries of Environment and of Economy, other officials and experts from EaP countries took part in the conference. 

The meeting focused on the outputs of resource efficiency and clean production project, the concept of Green Economy Center and mainstreaming the principles of Green Economy into national development programs, provision of RECP services and audits, Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) for large-scale use, and financial support mechanisms from national and international sources, the issues related to the mechanisms ensuring environmental investing   for the private sector. 
The Deputy Minister presented the results of the "Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production" Demonstration Project in Armenia, support to  55 small and medium sized enterprises and a green economy report on  achievements in the transitions towards green economy and lessons learned. At the meeting there was also returned to the progress made by Armenia.

Additionally, the further steps were conferred upon to assist the European Union's Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries in their transition to green economies, that will improve the welfare of the population, reduce social inequality, environmental risks and prevent over-exploitation of natural resources.

Additional information about the project can be found in and REC Caucasus ( websites.