Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Twenty-Fifth Sitting of the Environmental Protection Committee

The Environmental Protection Committee held its twenty-fifth sitting on 23 November 2011. The sitting was chaired by Committee Deputy Chairperson Svetlana Stojakovic-Milovanovic and attended by Assistant Minister of Health Marija Jevtic, Director of the Chemicals Agency Jelena Cvetkovic and associates.


The Committee members considered the Bill amending and modifying the Law on Biocidal Products and Bill amending and modifying the Law on Chemicals, submitted by the Government of the Republic of Serbia.

Assistant Minister of Health Jevtic explained the reasons for the amendments and modifications to these laws which would stipulate the authority of surveillance inspections and sanitary inspectors, as well as provide a more precise definition of the inspectors’ authority. The Committee members unanimously adopted the Bills.

The Committee considered and unanimously adopted the Bill on the Confirmation of the Environmental Protection Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan, submitted by the Government. Committee Deputy Chairperson Svetlana Stojakovic-Milovanovic was appointed the Committee’s rapporteur to the National Assembly sitting.

The Committee members went on to consider the IPU Resolution: “The role of parliaments in ensuring sustainable development through the management of natural resources, agricultural production and demographic change”, adopted at the 124th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly in April 2011. The Committee forwarded the conclusions made in the debate on the Resolution to the head of the delegation Prof. Dr Slavica Djukic Dejanovic. Today’s world faces numerous challenges such as climatic change, ecosystem degradation, food and drinking water security, search of new energy resources, as well as financial and economic crisis, states the text. The Committee recommends that the National Assembly delegation to the IPU endorse the parliamentary initiatives calling for an integrated response to both addressing environmental accidents and a long-term solution to sustainable development. In addition, the Committee proposes that the National Assembly apply for membership in the IPU’s working bodies, specifically the Committee on Sustainable Development, Finance and Trade.


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