The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the presidential bill “On Ukraine's Accession to the Convention on the European Forest Institute” (EFI Convention).
According to an Ukrinform correspondent, 278 MPs voted for relevant ratification resolution No.0094 at an extraordinary meeting of the parliament on October 21.
The purpose of the document is to promote the mobilization of research potential and the effective grouping of resources of many European countries (including Ukraine) in the field of forest research and advanced methods and technologies of forest management.
"Ukraine's acceding to the Convention on the European Forest Institute will be useful for our country, given the opportunity to influence the policy and work of the organization," an explanatory note to the document says.
It is noted that acceding to the Convention does not entail any budgetary costs.
"Membership in the organization is free of charge. Voluntary contributions are provided by member countries only when they consider it necessary," Article 10 of the EFI Convention says.
The European Forest Institute is an international organization, established by European States for scientific and applied research in the field of forest use and forest management. According to the EFI Convention, individual countries can be members of the organization. Scientific institutions of a state can acquire the status of associate (European organizations) or affiliated (organizations outside Europe) member organizations.
Almost 30 European countries have already acceded to the Convention, and 115 organizations from 36 countries have the status of associate or affiliated members. Among them, two scientific institutions are from Ukraine.