The System needs to function, by its nature, as a connecting link between the various public and private organizations which are involved and have obligations under the law for the management of packaging. The relations and mutual influence which the System has with various competent state authorities are analysed below.
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Relations with competent state authorities
In order for the System to organize and implement its activities it must be in coordination and cooperation with the Competent Authorities of the state and of the Local Authorities which under the Packaging and Waste Packaging Law, and of the Solid and Hazardous Waste Law, have competencies related to the management of solid urban packaging litter and waste. In parallel, the System has the obligation to inform the public about its planning and activities and therefore, it is advantageous to coordinate with other competent services which manage budgets for communication with the public on environmental issues.
In general lines, the network of cooperations which we believe the System must develop with the competent state authorities and the local authorities in order to achieve its goals and implement the Legislation is as follows:
With Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment – Supervising Authority
It is the Ministry which has the substantive competency for the issue of packaging waste management, has the responsibility to grant licenses and monitor the functioning of Packaging Recovery Systems. It then monitors the functioning of the System of Green Dot Cyprus which was licensed in August 2006 and assesses the achievement of its targets.
It also has the competency to license and monitor the functioning of the managers of packaging waste, who are the main associates of the System. The Ministry is also expected to have supporting participation to the activities and public awareness campaigns on matters of its competency.
At the end of 2015 the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment has also undertaken competencies which previously belonged to the Ministry of the Interior and which, among other matters, include the management of solid urban waste, the general planning of Recovery systems for solid urban waste in cooperation with the local authorities, and the implementation of infrastructure projects which are required for their management (Areas for the Sanitary Burial of Waste, Sorting Units, Compost-making Units, etc). The Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment, has an important role in the targeted cooperations which the Recovery System is developing with the Local Authorities.
With the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism
The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, particularly because of its competency on matters of Tourism, administers substantial information budgets which concern environmental and cleanliness issues. It is necessary that there should be coordination both with the Collective System and with the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment, which also holds budgets for the information of the public on similar issues.