Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Tenth Sitting of the Committee on Environmental Protection

At the sitting held on 21 and 22 April, the members of the Committee on Environmental Protection discussed in detail the Bills on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction; on the Protection against Ionizing Radiation and Nuclear Safety; on the Protection against Non-Ionizing Radiation and Nuclear Safety; on Chemicals; on Biocides; on Waste Management; on Packaging and Packaging Waste; amending and modifying the Environmental Impact Assessment Law; on Air Protection; on Nature Conservation; on Protection against Noise in Living Environment; on the Protection and Sustainable Use of the Fish Fund and amending and modifying the Law on Environmental Protection.



At the sitting held on 21 and 22 April, the members of the Committee on Environmental Protection discussed in detail the Bills on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction; on the Protection against Ionizing Radiation and Nuclear Safety; on the Protection against Non-Ionizing Radiation and Nuclear Safety; on Chemicals; on Biocides; on Waste Management; on Packaging and Packaging Waste; amending and modifying the Environmental Impact Assessment Law; on Air Protection; on Nature Conservation; on Protection against Noise in Living Environment; on the Protection and Sustainable Use of the Fish Fund and amending and modifying the Law on Environmental Protection.

On the behalf of the submitters, the sitting was attended by the Minister of Environment and Spatial Planning, Oliver Dulic and associates and representatives of the Ministry of Science and Technological Development.

To the Bill on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction the deputies had submitted 302 amendments. The Government and the Committee accepted none of them.

A total of 293 amendments were submitted to the Bill on the Protection against Ionizing Radiation and Nuclear Safety. The Government and the Committee accepted 6, and rejected 287 of the amendments. The Committee submitted 2 amendments of its own to articles 10 and 13 of the Bill.

122 amendments were submitted to the Bill on the Protection against Non-Ionizing Radiation and Nuclear Safety. The Government and the Committee accepted none of the submitted amendments.

To the Bill on Chemicals the deputies had submitted 77 amendments. The Government and the Committee accepted 2 of the amendments, and rejected 75.

10 amendments were submitted to the Bill on Biocides, out of which the Government and the Committee accepted 2, and rejected 8 amendments.

Out of the total of 135 amendments submitted to the Bill on Waste Management, the Government and the Committee accepted 41, and rejected 94 amendments.

To the Bill on Packaging and Packaging Waste the deputies had submitted 54 amendments. The Government and the Committee accepted 4 amendments, while 50 amendments were rejected.

26 amendments were submitted to the Bill amending and modifying the Environmental Impact Assessment Law, out of which the Government and the Committee accepted 11 amendments.

To the Bill on Nature Conservation the deputies had submitted 64 amendments total. The Government and the Committee accepted 4, and rejected 60 of the amendments.

Out of the 19 amendments submitted to the Bill on Protection against Noise in Living Environment, the Government and the Committee accepted none.

To the Bill on the Protection and Sustainable Use of the Fish Fund the deputies had submitted 74 amendments. The Government and the Committee accepted 22, and rejected 52 amendments. The Committee also submitted 13 amendments of its own to articles 3, 5, 24, 29, 48, 49, 51, 53, 55, 57, 58, 61 and 65 of the Bill.

60 amendments were submitted to the Bill amending and modifying the Law on Environmental Protection. The Government and the Committee accepted 23, and rejected 37 of the submitted amendments. The Committee submitted an amendment of its own to article 49 of the Bill.

The Committee members did not discuss the Bill on Air Protection in detail because the Government of the Republic of Serbia had not submitted its opinion to the Committee before the beginning of the discussion on Bill. The Committee submitted an amendment of its own to article 78 of the Bill, while the discussion on the rest of the amendments will be conducted in the continuation of the sitting, on Wednesday, 22 April.

In the continuation of the sitting, on 22 April, after the Government had submitted its opinion, the Committee members completed the discussion in detail on the Bill on Air Protection. Out of the total of 260 amendments submitted, the Government and the Committee accepted 8.

The Committee members authorised deputy Milica Vojic-Markovic to set up a public hearing on the behalf of the Committee, with the topic: Enforcement of adopted laws and steps needed to reach European environmental standards, organised by the Committee and National Democratic Institute (NDI).

The sitting was chaired by Cedomir Jovanovic, Committee Chairman.


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