On April 30, MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian signed the 20th order of MEP and issued Measures on Management of Operational License for Environmental Pollution Control Facilities, which will be put into effect as of Aug. 1, 2012. The predecessor (SEPA Order No. 23) was abolished.
The High-level Meeting on China-EU Urbanization Partnership opened in Brussels, Belgium on May 3. Vice Premier Li Keqiang attended the opening ceremony and made remarks. MEP Vice Minister Zhang Lijun made a special speech titled Boosting Sustainable Development of Cities through Coordinated Steps and Green Harmony. During the meeting Zhang Lijun accompanied Vice Premier Li Keqiang to attend the singing ceremony on joint declaration of China-EU urbanization partnership.
On the same day, MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian met with visiting delegations led by Korean Environment Minister Yoo Young-sook and Japanese Environment Minister Goshi Hosono respectively. They came to Beijing to take part in the 14th Tripartite Environment Ministers Meeting among China, Japan and Korea (TEMM). Zhou and the guests exchanged views on topics relating to environmental cooperation.
On May 4, the 14th Tripartite Environment Ministers Meeting among China, Japan and Korea (TEMM) was held in Beijing. MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian, Japanese Environment Minister Goshi Hosono and Korean Environment Minister Yoo Young-sook led their delegation to the meeting. They had thorough exchange of views on the latest environmental policies of each country and hot environmental issues on regional and global scale. The three environment ministers signed Joint Declaration of the 14th Tripartite Environment Ministers Meeting among China, Japan and Korea and witnessed the signature of three cooperation agreements, including Agreement on the Rules of Joint Certification of Environmental Labeling Product-Printers, Fax Machines and Multifunction Devices among China, Japan and Korea, Agreement on the Procedure of Mutual Recognition and Agreement on Implementing Rules of Mutual Recognition. The ministers also met with representatives of students and companies.
On May 7, MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian met with Vice President of Iran, also Environment Minister Mohammad Javad Mohammadi-Zadeh in Beijing. They exchanged views on China-Iran environmental cooperation and signed a MOU on Environmental Cooperation between China and Iran.
On the same day, MEP Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing led an investigation team to Shandong Province to inspect the implementation of the gist of the 7th National Conference on Environmental Protection and total pollution reduction.
On May 9, Member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Political Bureau, Secretary of Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, He Guoqiang met with Iranian Vice President, also Chairman of its environmental organization Mohammad Javad Mohammadi-Zadeh and the delegation he led. MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian was also present at the meeting.
On May 10, the General Office of MEP issued a Circular on Doing a Good Job in Publicizing June 5 World Environment Day in 2012 and made arrangement on the publicity work.
On the same day, MEP issued a list of rare earth companies (the second group) meeting environmental regulations and requirements.
On May 13-16, MEP Chief Engineer on Nuclear Safety Xu Qinghua led a team to Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region to inspect regional rural environmental pollution control and treatment.
On May 15-17, MEP Vice Minister Zhou Jian led a team to Shandong Province to inspect regional rural environmental pollution control and treatment.
On May 16, MEP Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing led an investigation team to Yunnan Province to inspect the operation of the major technology program on water body pollution control and management.
On the same day, MEP issued Plan for Prevention and Control of Water Pollution in Key River Basins (2011-2015).
On May 17-18, the 18th Annual Meeting of the Great Mekong Subregoinal Environmental Work Group was held in Xishuangbanna, Yunnan Province. MEP Chief Engineer on Nuclear Safety Xu Qinghua attended the meeting and gave a speech.
On May 17, the first training course for heads of EPBs at prefecture level in 2012 opened in Chifeng, Inner Mongolia. Member of the leading party group of MEP, Director General of the General Office Hu Baolin attended the opening ceremony and made a report.
On the same day, MEP issued Opinions on Strengthening Environmental Protection in Chemical Industrial Parks.
On May 18, MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian chaired a MEP executive meeting. The meeting reviewed and passed in principle the Plan for Prevention and Control of Atmospheric Pollution of Key Regions (2011~2015), National Program for Emergency Response to Environmental Pollution Accidents (Revised Draft) and Provisional Measures on Check and Acceptance of Standardization Building of the Capacity of Environmental Protection Departments across the Country in Environment Emergency Response. The meeting also passed in principle the environmental protection review comments on some companies applying for listing as well as the review comments on the application of some enterprises for export of hazardous waste. MEP Vice Ministers Zhang Lijun, Zhou Jian and Li Ganjie, Fu Wenjuan, head of Discipline Inspection Group in MEP, Hu Baolin and He Jie who are members of MEP Leading Party Members Group, Chief Engineer Wan Bentai and Chief Engineer on Nuclear Safety, also Director General of Department of International Cooperation Xu Qinghua attended the meeting. Principals of related departments observed the meeting.
On May 21, MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian and Jilin Provincial Governor Wang Ruilin signed a Framework Agreement on Strategic Cooperation on Environmental Protection on behalf of MEP and Jilin Provincial People’s Government respectively in Changchun. Secretary of Jilin Provincial Committee of the CPC Sun Zhengcai attended the signing ceremony and made remarks. The ceremony was chaired by Ma Junqing, member of the standing committee of Jilin Provincial Committee of the CPC, also Vice Governor of Jilin Province. Before the signing ceremony, Zhou made a special report on the situation of environmental protection for Party officials at all levels of Jilin province, heads of environmental departments and affiliates of the provincial government as well as representatives of provincial companies and key national companies based in Jilin Province.
On the same day, MEP issued Monitoring and Implementing Scheme for Stage I of New Air Quality Standard.
On May 22, the National Inter-ministerial Meeting on Water Pollution Prevention and Control of Songhua River opened in Jilin City. MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian attended the meeting and made a speech. MEP Vice Minister Zhang Lijun chaired the meeting and Governor of Jilin Province Wang Rulin addressed the meeting. Principals of member organizations of the inter-ministerial meeting were present and made remarks.
On the same day, Minister Zhou Shengxian inspected the work of comprehensive prevention and control of water pollution in Songhua River basin in Jilin City. He examined the operation of environmental facilities at Jilin Fuel Alcohol Co., Ltd and listened to their work report.
On the same day, the 2012 national work meeting on conservation of natural resources and ecology was held in Beijing. MEP Vice Minister Li Ganjie attended the meeting and made remarks. Chief Engineer Wan Bentai chaired the meeting.
On May 23, MEP Vice Minister Li Ganjie met with a delegation led by Leocadia I. Zak, Director of US Trade and Development Agency. The two sides had thorough exchanges on environmental cooperation issues.
On the same day, MEP issued Regulations on Radiation Safety Management System for Nuclear Technology Applications.
On May 24, the Fifth China-Sweden Environmental Coordinators' Meeting was held in Qingdao. MEP Chief Engineer for Nuclear Safety and Director General of Department of International Cooperation Xu Qinghua and environmental envoy of Swedish Ministry of Environment Markevich led their delegations to the meeting. The two sides signed the 2012-2013 Agreement on the Implementation of the Cooperation Programs between Chinese and Swedish Environmental Agencies and China-Sweden Cooperation Agreement on the Fifth Phase of China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development.
On May 26, Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing met with a delegation led by Antoine Frerot, Veolia Environment Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in Beijing. The two sides exchanged views on environmental issues of common concern.
On May 28, Ministry of Environmental Protection held Teleconference on National 100-Day Inspection on Environment Security, which made overall arrangements for 2012 National 100-Day Inspection on Environment Security. Vice Minister Zhang Lijun made an important speech.
The national workshop on environmental policy and legislation was held in Beijing from May 29 to May 30. MEP Vice Minister Pan Yue attended the meeting and made remarks.
On May 31, MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian and Gansu Provincial Governor Liu Weiping signed the Cooperation Agreement on Promoting the Balanced Development of the Economy, Society and Environment in Gansu Province in Lanzhou on behalf of Ministry of Environmental Protection and the People's Government of Gansu Province respectively. Secretary of the CPC Gansu provincial committee Wang Sanyun attended the ceremony and made remarks. The ceremony was chaired by Vice Governor of Gansu Province Shi Jun. Secretary General of the standing committee of the CPC provincial committee Liu Lijun and secretary general of the provincial government Li Peiwen attended the ceremony.On the same day, Zhou Shengxian inspected Gansu Environmental Monitoring Station for their capacity building and visited all the staff working for Nuclear and Radiation Safety Supervision Station of Northwest China.
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