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Order of the President to announce the Law on Environmental Protection 2020

On the morning of December 11, 2020, at the Presidential Palace, the State President's Office held a press conference to announce the Order of the President to announce the Law on Environmental Protection 2020 and 6 other laws passed by the National Assembly.
At the press conference, presenting the Law on Environmental Protection 2020, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Vo Tuan Nhan said that the Law on Environment Protection 2020 aims at the reform of Vietnam's environmental institutions to be asymptotic with the legal policies on environmental protection in the world, to meet the requirements of international integration. The highest goal is to improve environmental quality, protect people's health, improve balance ecology, conserve biodiversity and develop a sustainable economy.

With 16 chapters and 171 articles, the Law on Environmental Protection 2020 has many provisions to strongly reform administrative procedures, cutting more than 40% of administrative procedures, reducing the time for implementing administrative procedures from 20-85 days, contributing to reducing compliance costs of businesses through the following regulations: narrow the subjects must perform environmental impact assessment; integrating administrative procedures into only one  environmental license; synchronization of environmental management tools in each phase of the project, starting from the stage of investment policy review, project appraisal, project implementation until the project goes into official operation and results end project. For the first time, the Law designed a policy framework aiming to form the law on environmental protection that is holistic, comprehensive and in harmony with the socio-economic legal system.

With the above breakthrough new policies, businesses, communities and people expect that the Law on Environmental Protection 2020 will create many breakthroughs, promote the effectiveness of environmental protection and support the process of international integration process of Vietnam.

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Source: Vietnam Environment Administration

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