According to the results of the inspection of the subsidiary “Barsky Rayagrolis” of the Vinnytsia Regional Municipal Specialized Forestry Enterprise “Vinoblagrolis”, the State environmental inspection of the Vinnytsia Region found illegal felling of trees.
According to the website of the State Ecological Inspectorate of Ukraine, the inspection revealed illegal felling of northern trees. For this offence, inspectors calculated losses of 503,041 hryvnias ($ 18,000). The State Ecological Inspection of Ukrainehas have already brought the case to law enforcement agencies to resolve issues related to the opening of criminal proceedings.
“I want to remind you that in 2020, in terms of protection, conservation, use and reproduction of forests and flora, Vinnytsia region is the leader in the number of calculated losses. During the last year, the damage caused to the environment of the region as a result of violations in this area amounted to almost 60 million hryvnias ($2 million)”, – said the head of the State Coinspection Andriy Malovany.
It should be pointed out that in a study on the fiscal security of Ukraine, the interviewed experts called the shadowing of deforestation and further export of timber one of such threats.
This is the opinion of 70.97% of the surveyed business representatives, 69.85% – of customs representatives, 66.33% – of the State Tax Service and 61.21% – of the state fiscal tax police. Illegal mining (amber, granite, sand, oil, gas, etc.) is considered a threat to fiscal security by 71.22% of businesses, 66.96% customs and 64.52% the State Tax Service. Customs also sees a significant threat in illegal emissions into the atmosphere of pollutants (66.16%) and in illegal discharges of pollutants into the country’s waterways (69.46%).
Read more about the results of the study in the publication “Unprecedented analysis: government lobbying for the interests of certain groups and MPE (maximum permissible emission) fraud are the main threats to Ukraine’s fiscal security”
Translated by Yevheniia Ivanova