Argument at National Assembly: Over 20 Expired Expert Assessment opinions in Mining Not Recognized as Invalid

Argument at National Assembly: Over 20 Expired Expert Assessment opinions in Mining Not Recognized as Invalid

EcoLur

“There are mines that have been granted permits but have not started operations when the law says they shall be revoked if no activity is carried out within a year. Why is the law not enforced? ” On December 4, 2010, Deputy Prime Minister Tigran Avinyan was asked this question by the member of "Bright Armenia" faction Mane Tandilyan.

In response, Tigran Avinyan said: “Yes, there are such companies. Legislation in this area has many gaps and contradictions: 28 companies are at risk because they have not exploited the mines. Either it should be repealed or legislative solutions should be adopted.” “You are wrong, the number is not 28, it’s 21. Why isn’t the law enforced when the law clearly says that ... you could have amended the law, but not enforcing the law is just something not to be heard from a member of the government,” Mane Tandilyan responded.

It should be mentioned that EcoLur Informational NGO had sent an enquiry to RA Ministry of Environment to learn whether or not the positive opinions issued to non-operating mining companies had been annulled. In reply, the Ministry had informed that given that the Ministry of Environment does not have supervision powers, the EIA opinion may be revoked after receiving relevant information from the Environmental and Mining Inspection. 

14:41 December 05, 2019


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