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Calendar in March 2015

On March 1, MEP Minister Chen Jining chaired a meeting for media in Beijing, listening to the opinions and suggestions of news media on current environmental situation, environmental publicity and how to strengthen cooperation between media and environmental departments. They also exchanged views on issues of common concern. MEP Vice Minister Pan Yue chaired the meeting.

On March 2, MEP held a news briefing in Beijing, introducing the new ideas and requirements of the new leadership of MEP on environmental governance and communicating the progress of enforcing the new Environmental Protection Law. MEP Vice Minister, entrusted by Minister Chen Jining, attended the meeting and made remarks.

On March 5, MEP Vice Minister Li Ganjie met with Ansar Parvez, Chairman of Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission in Beijing and exchanged views with him on issues of common concern including China-Pakistan cooperation on nuclear power plants and nuclear safety.

On March 7, the 3rd meeting of the 12th NPC held a press conference in Beijing. MEP Minister Chen Jining attended the meeting and answered questions from domestic and foreign media.

On March 10, 2015 party construction meeting of MEP affiliates was held in Beijing. MEP leading party group secretary, Minister Chen Jining gave instructions on the meeting. Vice Minister, party committee secretary of affiliates Pan Yue attended the meeting and made remarks.

On March 12, MEP Minister Chen Jining met with Inger Andersen, Director General of IUCN in Beijing. They exchanged views on bilateral environmental cooperation.

On March 13, MEP issued Catalogue on Construction Projects for Environmental Impact Assessment Approval by MEP, which will take effect upon promulgation. Rules stated in MEP Announcement (No. 7 (2009)) and other documents disagreeing with announcement made today will be abolished immediately.

On the same day, MEP approved Technical Criterion for Ecosystem Status Evaluation as national standard on environmental protection, which will be put into effect upon issuance. The trial version of Technical Criterion for Ecosystem Status Evaluation (HJ/T 192-2006) will be abolished concurrently.

On March 16, MEP Minister Chen Jining met with Mr. Alan Kelly, Irish Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, in Beijing. Both sides exchanged views on environmental issues of common concern.

On the same day, MEP Secretary of leading party group, Minister Chen Jining chaired the intensive (enlarged) study session of the central group of the leading party group, conveying the gist of the 3rd Meeting of the 12th NPC and the 3rd Meeting of the 12th CPPCC. Delegates and members from MEP and its affiliates attending the NPC & CPPCC presented the ceremony of the two sessions and talked about their feelings and rewards from this experience. MEP Vice Minister Li Ganjie, Zhai Qing, Member of the Leading Party Group, He Jie, Chief Engineer Wan Bentai and Chief Engineer of Nuclear Safety Liu Hua attended the meeting.

On the same day, MEP issued Regulation on Honest Administration on the Certification of EIA Institutions.

On March 17, MEP Minister Chen Jining met with Mr. Henry Paulson, US former Secretary of the Treasury in Beijing. They exchanged views on environmental issues of common concern.

On the same day, MEP leading party group secretary, Minister Chen Jining chaired the ministerial leading party group meeting, reviewing and adopting Work Rules of the Leading Party Group of Ministry of Environmental Protection, Scheme on Disconnecting Environmental Impact Assessment Institutions from Environmental Protection System and Rules of MEP Leading Party Group on Self-discipline and Integrity and Prohibiting Interference with EIA Approval for Personal Gain. The meeting listened to report on the progress of rectification and discussed plans for further rectification. Vice Ministers Pan Yue, Wu Xiaoqing, Li Ganjie, head of discipline inspection group of Central Commission for Discipline Inspection based in MEP, member of MEP leading party group, DG of Department of Human Resources and Institutional Arrangement He Jie attended the meeting.

On the same day, MEP issued 2014 Annual Report of MEP on Disclosure of Government Information.

On March 18, MEP Minister Chen Jining chaired ministerial executive meeting in Beijing, listening to the progress of clean air research plan, deliberating and adopting in principle five emission standards including Emission standard of pollutants for petroleum refining industry and EIA review opinions of some construction projects. MEP Vice Minister Pan Yue and Li Ganjie, Head of Discipline Inspection Group, Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, Member of the Leading Party Group and DG of MEP Department of Human Resources and Institutional Arrangement, He Jie, Chief Engineer Wan Bentai and Chief Engineer of Nuclear Safety Liu Hua attended the meeting.

On March 19, MEP Minister Chen Jining chaired ministerial meeting, reviewing and adopting in principal Category Management Catalogue for EIA of Construction Projects (Revised) and Emergency Response Measures of Environmental Accidents (Draft). MEP Vice Ministers Pan Yue, Wu Xiaoqing, Li Ganjie and Zhai Qing, head of the Discipline Inspection Group in MEP Zhou Ying, Member of Leading Party Group of MEP He Jie,MEP Chief Engineer on Nuclear Safety Liu Hua attended the meeting.

On March 20, MEP held a workshop on environmental supervision in Beijing. MEP Minister Chen Jining and Vice Minister Zhai Qing attended the meeting and made remarks. Officials in charge of environmental supervision center in North China, East China, South China, West China and Northeast China and related MEP Departments attended the meeting.

On March 23, MEP issued Work Plan on Separation of Environmental Impact Assessment Organizations National Environmental Protection System.

On March 24, MEP Minister Chen Jining met with Ms. Wilma Mansveld, Minister for the Infrastructure and the Environment of the Netherlands in Beijing. Both sides exchanged views on issues of common concern and signed a MOU between China and the Netherlands on cooperation on environment and development.

On the same day, MEP held a feedback meeting on comprehensive environmental supervision in Langfang City. Vice Minister Zhai Qing and Vice Governor of Hebei Province Zhang Jiehui attended the meeting made remarks.

On the same day, MEP issued Regulations on Strengthening Self-discipline and Prohibiting Interference with EIA Examination and Approval.

On March 26, MEP held a work meeting on national environmental impact assessment & improving party style and building a clean government. Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing and head of the Discipline Inspection Group in MEP Zhou Ying attended the meeting and made remarks.

On March 31, MEP Minister Chen Jining visited Tangshan City in Hebei Province to investigate the activities on prevention and control of air pollution. Chen stressed that based on industrial restructuring, we should employ comprehensive approaches, further strengthen the main responsibility of local governments for environmental protection and successfully protect the environment with joint efforts. Vice Governor of Hebei Province Qin Boyong accompanied Chen Jining during the investigation.

On the same day, MEP training program on human resources started in Beijing. Member of MEP leading party group, DG of Department of Human Resources and Institutional Arrangement He Jie attended the opening ceremony and made remarks.

On the same day, MEP and Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development jointly issued Regulations on Anti-corruption for the Major Scientific Program on Water Body Pollution Control and Rules for Experts of the Major Scientific Program on Water Body Pollution Control.

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