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Calendar in Dec. 2008

From Dec. 1 to Dec. 2, the 10th Tripartite Environment Ministers Meeting among China, Japan and Korea was held in Jeju Island, Korea. The Environment Minister of China, Zhou Shengxian, Korean Environment Minister Lee Maanee and Japan’s Environment Minister Tetsuo SAITO attended the meeting. They exchanged views on a series of global and regional environmental issues.
  
From Dec. 1 to Dec. 2, Ministry of Environmental Protection held a review meeting on experience of environmental protection at Erhai, Dali prefecture, Yunnan Province. Entrusted by MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian, Vice Minister Zhang Lijun attended the meeting and made remarks.
  
On Dec. 3, MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian met with a delegation headed by US EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson. Both sides exchanged views on environmental cooperation between China and the US.
  
On Dec. 4, MEP printed and issued a Circular on Doing a Good Job on Review and Approval of Environmental Impact Assessment under Current Economic Situation.
  
On Dec. 5, MEP printed and issued Provisional Measures on Management of Major Scientific Programs for Pollution Control of Water Body.
  
On the same day MEP printed and issued Technical Guidelines on Mid-term Assessment of the Eleventh Five-Year Plan for National Environmental Protection in order to better guide and carry out related work.
  
On Dec. 6, MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian endorsed the dispatch of the No. 3 Ordinance, announcing the Decision on Revising the Safety Licensing of Radioactive Isotope and Radiation Devices.
  
From Dec. 9 to Dec. 10, 2008 Annual Meeting on Best Available Technology/Best Environmental Practice of East Asia and Southeast Asia was held in Beijing. MEP Vice Minister Li Ganjie attended and addressed the forum.
  
On Dec. 10, MEP approved Technical requirement for environmental protection product-Aftertreatment devices for diesel vehicle exhaust as national standard, taking effect as of Mar. 1, 2009.
  
From Dec. 12 to Dec. 13, the national work meeting on environmental impact assessment was held in Beijing. MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian attended the meeting and made remarks. Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing and Head of Discipline Inspection Group Fu Wenjuan attended the meeting.
  
On Dec. 16, the award ceremony of the 5th Baosteel Environment Award of China was held in Beijing. Vice Chair of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress Zhou Tienong, Vice Chair of the National Committee of CPPCC Luo Fuhe and MEP Vice Minister Zhou Jian presented awards to winners.
  
On Dec. 17, the inauguration ceremony of MEP’s Supervision Center for Environmental Protection of North China was held in Beijing. So far all the six supervision centers approved by General Office, State Commission Office for Public Sector Reform have been established. MEP Vice Minister Zhang Lijun attended the ceremony.
  
On Dec. 19, the 3rd China International Exhibition on the Achievements of Building an Environment-friendly Society was held in Beijing, which focused on energy conservation and emission reduction and building a resource-saving and environment-friendly society. Vice Chair of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress Zhou Tienong, the former Vice Chair of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress Gu Xiulian, the former Vice Chair of the National Committee of CPPCC as well as Chair of All-China Environment Federation Song Jian cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony. MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian attended and addressed the opening ceremony. 
  
On Dec. 23, the 4th plenary session of national environment advisory board and the science and technology board of MEP was held in Beijing. MEP Minister, also Director of the advisory board, Zhou Shengxian attended the meeting and made remarks. Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing, head of Discipline Inspection Group Fu Wenjuan, Deputy Director of the advisory board, also Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Sun Honglie, attended the meeting.
  
On the same day the national work meeting on pollution reduction was held in Hangzhou. MEP Vice Minister Zhang Lijun attended the meeting and made remarks.
  
On Dec. 24, entrusted by the State Council, MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian reported the progress of water pollution control to the 6th meeting of the standing committee of the 11th National People’s Congress.
  
On Dec. 25 the 6th meeting of the standing committee of the 11th National People’s Congress reviewed the report on water pollution control presented by MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian in separate groups. Minister Zhou Shengxian and Vice Minister Zhang Lijun were present to listen to their comments.
  
On the same day MEP approved Technical Guidelines for Environment Impact Assessment of Urban Rail Transit as national standard for environmental protection, taking effect as of Apr. 1, 2009. And Cleaner production standard- Wine industry was also endorsed as national standard for environmental protection which would be put into effect as of Mar. 1, 2009.
  
On the same day MEP printed and issued Circular on Strict Control of Newly Built, Rebuilt or Expanded HCFC-related Production Projects in order to gradually cut down the production and use of HCFC.
  
On Dec. 26 a discussion on environmental protection was held by the core team of MEP’s leading Party members' group in memory of 30th anniversary of reform and opening up initiative. Minister Zhou Shengxian chaired the meeting and made remarks. Participants included Vice Minister Pan Yue, Zhang Lijun, Wu Xiaoqing, head of Discipline Inspection Group Fu Wenjuan and retired leaders of the former National Environmental Protection Administration, State Environmental Protection Administration and Ministry of Environmental Protection. 
  
On Dec. 30, a ceremony commemorating the 30th anniversary of Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences was held in Beijing. MEP Minster Zhou Shengxian addressed the meeting. Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing also attended the meeting.
  
On the same day MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian endorsed the dispatch of the No. 4 Ordinance of MEP, which publicized Measures on Environmental Administrative Reconsideration. The measures took effect upon promulgation.
  
On the same day MEP printed and issued Implementing Rules of Ministry of Environmental Protection on Expenditure and Budget Management of Programs at National Level (provisional).
  
On Dec. 31, MEP approved Guidelines for Environmental Impact Assessment Atmospheric Environment as national standard for environmental protection, taking effect as of Apr. 1, 2009.

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