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Calendar in Mar. 2014

On Mar. 3, the second meeting of the leading group for drafting the law on protection of soil environment was held in Beijing. MEP Vice Minister Li Ganjie chaired the meeting and made remarks. The expert group for the drafting of soil environmental protection law presented the drafting process and content of Law on Protection of Soil Environment and gave explanations to related items.

On the same day, MEP issued Opinions on Further Strengthening Management of EIA Organizations.

On Mar. 4, the first training session of MEP on studying and enforcing the gist of a series of speeches by General Secretary Xi Jinping opened in Beijing. Secretary of MEP leading party members' group, MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian gave a mobilization speech and lectured on the topic of Thoroughly Studying and Enforcing the Gist of a Series of Speeches by General Secretary Xi Jinping and Pushing for Ecological Civilization in the Process of Deepening Reform. MEP Vice Ministers Pan Yue, Li Ganjie and Zhai Qing, Zhou Ying, head of Discipline Inspection Group, He Jie, member of the ministerial leading party members' group and DG of Department of Human Resources and Institutional Arrangement, Chief Engineer Wan Bentai and Chief Engineer on Nuclear Safety Liu Hua participated in the meeting. All staff of MEP, leaders from MEP affiliates in Beijing and trainees of the first training session for DG level officials participated in the report meeting.

On Mar. 8, the 2nd session of the 12th National Committee of the CPPCC opened in Beijing. Wu Xiaoqing, Vice Minister of MEP, answered questions by Chinese and foreign reporters on strengthening environmental protection and building a beautiful China.

On Mar. 13, Secretary of MEP leading party members' group, MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian chaired the intensive study session of the central group of MEP leading party members' group. The meeting conveyed the essence of the second session of the 12th NPC and CPPCC. Representatives and members attending the NPC & CPPCC from MEP and its affiliates including Wu Xiaoqing, Zhou Jian, Meng Wei, Gao Jixi and Wen Xiangcai talked about their feelings and reward. MEP Vice Ministers Pan Yue, Li Ganjie, Zhou Ying, head of Discipline Inspection Group, He Jie, member of the ministerial leading party members' group and DG of Department of Human Resources and Institutional Arrangement, Chief Engineer Wan Bentai and Chief Engineer on Nuclear Safety Liu Hua participated in the meeting. Officials of MEP departments, MEP branches and affiliates in Beijing observed the meeting.

On the same day, a recognition and experience sharing meeting of women staff of MEP affiliates was held in Beijing. Zhou Ying, member of MEP leading party members' group, head of Discipline Inspection Group attended the meeting.

On the same day, MEP approved two standards as national standard for environmental protection which included Water Quality-Determination of Mercury,Arsenic,Selenium,Bismuth and Antimony -Atomic Fluorescence Spectrometry. The standards will be put into effect as of July 1, 2014.

On the same day, MEP issued Guidelines on Separate Disposal of Goods-to-be-eliminated Infringing on Intellectual Property and Fake and Shoddy Goods.

On Mar. 14, the report meeting of strategic environmental assessment of the development of Central China was held in Beijing. MEP Chief Engineer Wan Bentai attended the meeting and made remarks.

On Mar. 18, MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian chaired the ministerial executive meeting in Beijing, conveying the essence of the important speech by General Secretary Xi Jinping, reviewing and adopting in principle the Action Plan on Prevention and Control of Soil Pollution and EIA review opinions on some construction projects. Ministerial leaders attending the meeting included MEP Vice Ministers Wu Xiaoqing, Zhou Jian, Li Ganjie and Zhai Qing, Zhou Ying, head of Discipline Inspection Group, He Jie, member of the ministerial leading party members' group, Chief Engineer Wan Bentai and Chief Engineer on Nuclear Safety Liu Hua. Officials in charge of related Departments and heads from MEP affiliates and branches in Beijing observed the meeting.

On Mar. 19, Secretary of MEP leading party members' group, MEP Minister and head of the leading group for comprehensive deepening of reform, Zhou Shengxian chaired the second meeting of the leading group for comprehensive deepening of reform in Beijing. Members of MEP leading group for comprehensive deepening of the reform including Pan Yue, Zhou Ying, Zhou Jian, Li Ganjie, Zhai Qing, He Jie and Liu Hua and members of the leading group office attended the meeting.

On Mar. 21, standing member of the CPC Political Bureau, Premier of the State Council Li Keqiang chaired a work meeting on energy conservation & emission reduction and climate change adaptation to push for implementation of the Work Report of the Government, facilitate energy conservation & emission reduction and low-carbon development and discuss work on climate change. Standing member of the CPC Political Bureau, Vice Premier of the State Council Zhang Gaoli attended the meeting. The meeting adopted in principle the Action Plan for Energy Conservation & Emission Reduction and Low Carbon Development for 2014-2015 and discussed China's action plan for climate change adaptation. Standing member of the CPC Political Bureau, Vice Premier of the State Council Ma Kai, State Councilor Yang Jing, Yang Jiechi and Wang Yong attended the meeting.

On the same day, MEP issued Circular on Further Strengthening EIA of Water Conservancy Plans.

On Mar. 24, MEP Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing met with Andrew N. Liveris, Board Chairman and CEO of Dow Chemical Company in Beijing. Both sides exchanged views on issues of common concern.

On Mar. 25, MEP issued 2013 Air Quality Report of Key Regions including Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei, the Yangtze River Delta and the Pearl River Delta, Municipalities and Provincial Capitals.

On the same day, MEP issued Circular on Implementing Action Plan on Prevention and Control of Air Pollution and Tightening Review of EIA Projects.

On Mar. 26, MEP Vice Minister Li Ganjie met with William S. Cohen, former US Secretary of Defense and President of Cohen Group in Beijing today. They exchanged views on issues of common concern.

On the same day, MEP held the inception meeting on the renewal of China's national implementation plan on the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants in Beijing, announcing that the amendment to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants takes effect in China upon March 26 and starting the renewal of the National Implementation Plan of the People's Republic of China on the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants. MEP Vice Minister Zhai Qing attended the meeting and made remarks.

On Mar. 27, MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian chaired the ministerial executive meeting in Beijing, conveying the spirit of the Work Meeting of the State Council on Energy Conservation and Emission Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation, reviewing and adopting in principle the Target System for Ecological Civilization Building, the review opinions of 40 ecological civilization demonstration districts (Eco prefectures and counties) and Measures on Environmental Supervision (Draft). MEP Vice Ministers Wu Xiaoqing, Zhou Jian, Li Ganjie and Zhai Qing, head of the Discipline Inspection Group in MEP Zhou Ying, Member of Leading Party Members' Group of MEP He Jie and MEP Chief Engineer Wan Bentai attended the meeting. Officials in charge of MEP departments observed the meeting.

On the same day, MEP Vice Minister Li Ganjie met with Jochen Flasbarth, State Secretary of Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety of Germany. They exchanged views on issues of common concern.

On the same day, MEP issued Circular on Launching Environmental Examination on Production Conformity of Vehicles.

On Mar. 28, MEP issued Report of MEP on Government Information Disclosure in 2013.

On Mar. 31, MEP approved six standards as national standards on environmental protection including Technical requirement for environmental labeling products Computers and displays, which will be put into effect as of July 1, 2014.

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