Austrian Embassy in Ukraine commends Poroshenko's veto on wood export ban

Austrian Embassy in Ukraine commends Poroshenko's veto on wood export ban

The Embassy of Austria in Ukraine has supported the decision of President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko to veto the law on the ban on fire wood export, noting that Ukraine should comply with its international obligations.

"President Poroshenko’s veto of introduction of export ban on fire wood is important step to fulfill Ukrainian international obligations. Protecting forests, fighting illegal logging are shared goals, [but] export bans are not useful," the Austrian Embassy in Ukraine posted on Twitter.

As reported, on July 3, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine passed the law to limit the unprocessed wood harvesting in the amount of 25 million cubic meters per year for the duration of the moratorium on the export of unprocessed wood and introduce criminal liability for forest smuggling.

At the same time, Poroshenko vetoed the law and suggested introducing a number of changes to it.


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