BEIJING, March 11, 2016 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Minister of Environmental Protection Chen Jining answers questions at a press conference on how to promote environmental protection on the sidelines of the fourth session of China's 12th National People's Congress in Beijing, capital of China, March 11, 2016. (Xinhua/Zhao Yingquan)
BEIJING, March 11 (Xinhua) -- A new reform is in the works to ensure independent and effective law enforcement by local watchdogs in China, Minister of Environmental Protection Chen Jining said on Friday.
The reform on law enforcement management of environmental watchdogs under the provincial level is aimed at tackling the intervention of local protectionism in environmental supervision and prompting local governments to assume their responsibilities in environmental protection, he said.
A pilot program will be conducted within one year and the whole reform will be completed before 2018 when the incumbent cabinet's tenure comes to an end, Chen said at a press conference on the sidelines of the national legislature annual session.
The ministry is drafting a guideline with 17 provinces planning to carry out the pilot reform, he said.
The reform also deals with cross-regional environmental protection management, Chen said.
Lack of supervision over local governments and intervention in the environmental watchdogs' duties are common in China.
According to the new reform, provincial-level environmental departments will be put directly in charge of the city level and allocate the budget. County-level environmental bureaus will be abolished and in their place will be supervision agencies.
BEIJING, March 11 (Xinhua) -- China's environmental protection minister Chen Jining said Friday that the country is promoting the clean use of coal to curb air pollution.
"China's air quality is mainly caused by our energy structure, coal consumption specifically," Chen said at a press conference on the sidelines of the annual parliamentary session. Full Story
BEIJING, March 9 (Xinhua) -- China will make laws on environmental protection tax, tonnage tax and tobacco leaf tax this year, according to the annual work report of the country's top legislature released Wednesday.
Other laws concerning grain and asset valuation are also on the legislation agenda this year. The top legislature will also revise the Securities Law, as well as laws for environmental protection, said the report, which was released before it is delivered to the National People's Congress. Full Story