Currently, the priority issue is the disposal of existing chemical and radioactive waste in Armenia, for which there are no adequate facilities. The regional position creates additional difficulties, as it was stated by the Minister of Emergency Situations Felix Tsolakyan during the meeting with the newly appointed Head of the EU Delegation Office Andrea Wiktorin on October 1.
Minister informed that there is a waste disposal plant in Isfahan city, Iran and Iranian side ready to move waste to destruction, but there is a financial problem. International cooperation can be very useful in this regard.
Andrea Wiktorin thanked for the kind and positive reception and confirmed the readiness of EU to support the development of Armenia. According to her this position is expressed by EU-Armenia Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement where too important component is civil defense. Andrea Wiktorin believes that it is necessary to raise awareness of disaster risk and always remember the devastating consequences.
Felix Tsolakyan noted that work is being done under the Armenia-EU Comprehensive and Extended Partnership Agreement (CEPA) to reduce the risk of natural and man-made disasters, deepen and expand cooperation in the field of population protection in emergencies, as by the Ministry of Emergency Situations.
October 08, 2019 at 16:48