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The Senate returned the draft law on uranium mining to the Mazhilis

18.02.2021 534

Subsoil users will have to submit a plan for eliminating the consequences of uranium mining at the stage of preparing a package of documents before the start of all the works. If a significant increase in the reserves of a deposit is discovered, they will be obliged to direct a part of their income to the social and economic development of the region where mining is carried out. All these novelties are spelled out in the draft law “On Amendments to the Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan “On Subsoil and Subsoil Use” Concerning  Uranium Mining” initiated by the Parliament deputies.

However, guided by the instruction of the President of the country to prohibit the establishment of state-owned and private operators, the senators proposed to exclude the provisions regarding the establishment of an operator for independent expert examination of project documents and analysis of uranium deposits development.

Uranium is a strategic raw material and account of its producible reserves determines the development of the country's fuel and energy complex. The introduced amendments will raise the quality of fulfillment of contractual obligations by subsoil users and improve the regulation on project documents for uranium mining. This will ultimately improve conditions for the development of the industry, in which Kazakhstan occupies a leading position in the world, said Senator Yerik Sultanov.

The document amended by the senators was forwarded to the Parliament Mazhilis.   

In addition, the deputies have considered and adopted in two readings the Law “On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan Concerning Rulemaking Improvement”.     

According to Senate Chairman Maulen Ashimbayev, the tasks of improving the procedures for the development, public discussion and adoption of regulatory legal acts are outlined in the election program of the Head of State. The adoption of this Law creates an additional legal framework for ensuring active public participation in the legislative process and direct implementation of the election program of the President of the country.

“The Law defines the mechanisms to improve the quality of the legislative acts being developed, carry out systematic explanatory work on them and monitor the adopted laws. We hope these amendments will raise the country’s legislative process to a new level and contribute to its transparency and efficiency”, noted Maulen Ashimbaev.

The deputy inquiry to the Prime-Minister was also presented at the meeting by Senator Altynbek Nukhuly. He raised the issue of the need to properly prepare for the celebration of the 150th anniversary of Akhmet Baitursynov.

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