Factsheet: Environmental Law

Environmental Law

Key Information
This Law amends the Environment Law No. 2872 of 1983 by substituting some articles as well as adding new provisions. The purpose of the law shall be redefined as follows: “to ensure the preservation of the environment, which is a common asset of all living beings, through sustainable environment and sustainable development principles”. A Supreme Environment Board, chaired by the Prime Minister, shall be established, and its main tasks include: the formulation of the targets, policies and strategies; the definition of legal and administrative measures to include environment aspects to economical decisions; the resolution of environment-related disputes among the ministries and agencies, etc. Agencies, institutions and enterprises that may damage the environment due to their activities shall be obliged to prepare an Environmental Impact Assessment Report. Individuals and companies who wish to be involved in waste transportation and/or collection, except household wastes, shall be to obtain a licence from the Ministry. Municipalities are also obliged to set up or organize household solid waste disposal facilities. Procedures and principles for specifying hazardous chemicals, their production, importation, labelling, classification, storing, risk assessment, transportation and exportation shall be defined by a separate regulation. Importation of hazardous wastes shall be prohibited. Penalties for any violation of the law are given in detail.
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