Zhou Shengxian, secretary of the leading Party members’ group and minister of MEP, presided over an enlarged study meeting of the central group of the leading Party members’ group of MEP to convey the important speeches delivered by General Secretary Xi Jinping during the second plenary session of the 18th Central Committee of the CPC and the first session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC), and the spirits of the NPC and CPPCC sessions. Zhou Shengxian requested the environmental protection sector to seriously study and implement the important speeches made by General Secretary Xi Jinping and the spirits of the NPC and CPPCC sessions, practically unify our thinking and actions into the decisions and arrangements made by the CPC Central Committee and the State Council, make strenuous efforts in creating highlights, seizing the key tasks, overcoming difficulties and dealing with hot issues, make breakthroughs in deepening reform, promoting core work and improving work style, and take timely actions and achieve results in improving environmental quality.
According to Zhou, the first session of the 12th NPC and the first session of the 12th CPPCC have successfully completed all the agenda items, discussed and approved the government work report and other reports, elected and appointed leaders of state organs and CPPCC for a new term. These achievements have provided important guarantee for realizing the tasks and objectives defined by the18th national congress of CPC as well as accelerating the reform and opening up and the socialist modernization drive. Filling with democracy, solidarity, practicality and endeavor, the sessions carry forward the tradition and forge ahead into the future. They are set to inspire and mobilize the people of all nationalities across the country to closely unite around the CPC Central Committee led by General SecretaryXi Jinping, strive to finish building a moderately prosperous society in all respects and achieve the Dream of China for a great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.
Zhou indicated that environmental issues are seriously concerned by the Party and state leaders, and became the hot topics during the NPC and CPPCC sessions. While joining the panel discussions of Shanghai and Jiangsu delegates, General Secretary Xi Jinping made remarks on issues such as foggy weather and water pollution. His remarks were both wise and witty. When talking about the foggy weather, he said we should remain patient and poised when dealing with both the new and old problems which are coexisting; when mentioning water pollution, he said the yardstick of water quality in lakes by netizens would be whether the mayors dare to jump in and swim. The important speeches made by General Secretary Xi Jinping clearly pointed out the methodologies for deepening the understanding of environmental issues and the general thought of pollution prevention and control, and provided us with great encouragement and impetus. Premier Li Keqiang made it clear at the press conference that we need an iron fist, firm resolution and tough measures to tackle the foggy weather and other problems built up over time. We also need to develop a clear understanding of the extent of the water and soil pollution and take resolute steps to improve the situation, and we should not pursue economic growth at the expense of the environment.
Zhou said that the study of the spirit of the NPC and CPPCC sessions has enabled us to further understand the guiding spirit of the Party’s 18th National Congress, emancipate our minds, unify our understandings, broaden our horizons, and define our measures. For example, new concepts, proposed by the Party’s 18th National Congress, like promoting ecological civilization and the building of a beautiful China have been widely accepted and become more and more familiar to us.
Zhou requested that our environmental sector should make comprehensive observations, scientific analyses, and accurate judgments to the situation we are facing. Environmental problems such as the smoggy weather have become hot topics of public concern, and promoted greater ideological emancipations, grand unity of understanding and knowledge popularization of environmental protection. The present is the best time to accomplish our environmental work, and is also the crucial period to solve new and old environmental problems. Every staff of our sector must heighten the sense of urgency, responsibility and mission, adhere to our beliefs, and put work before ourselves. We shall effectively solve serious problems like air, water, and soil pollution that affect the people's livelihood, gradually improve environmental quality, and give the people confidence and hope through our concrete action.
Zhou emphasized that the key to study and implement the spirit of the NPC and CPPCC sessions is to attach great importance to effective implementation, get to the bottom of the issues and try to achieve good effects. First, we shall combine the study and implementation of the spirit of the NPC and CPPCC sessions with the further study and implementation of the guiding spirit of the 18th National Congress. We should make unified arrangement and simultaneous deployment. We should also arm our mind, guide our practice and conduct our work with new spirits, and make great efforts to respond to and solve practical problems. Second, we shall conscientiously carry out the various deployments formulated by the National Work Meeting on Environmental Protection. Especially, we should intensify reform and innovation efforts, deepen reform of administrative examination and approval system by further cleaning up and streamlining matters subject to administrative approval, standardizing administrative approval processes, innovating the way to provide approval services, and strengthening supervision and restriction. We should delegate approval authorities with determination and courage. We will enhance information disclosure, properly perform investigation and appraisal on ground water situation as well as the follow-up work of soil pollution investigation, and publish the results to the public in a timely, scientific and objective manner. Third, we shall make strenuous efforts in creating highlights, focusing on the key tasks, overcoming difficulties and dealing with hot issues. We shall firmly center on emission reduction and constantly improve the building of monitoring, statistics and evaluation systems. We shall play a more powerful role in addressing problems such as overcapacity, and concentrate on solving problems concerning people’s well being such as water, air, soil, chemicals, and persistent organic pollutants. We need to correctly handle the relationship between economic development and environmental protection, adhere to the principle of protecting the environment in the course of economic development and pursuing economic development in the process of environmental protection, and utilize environmental protection to optimize economic development. We shall make more efforts in the control of PM2.5, formulate a series of hard measures to solve tough problems, overcome shortcomings and seek practical results. Fourth, we shall do a good job in institutional reform. We shall take full advantage of the present reform of organizational structure. In accordance with the principle of consolidating organizations that have the right conditions and reach consensus first, we will first reform those departments to optimize our organizational structure, rationalize the assignment of responsibilities and ensure the consistency between power and duties.
Finally, Zhou said, his being re-elected as the Minister of MEP in the first session of the 12th NPC results from the trust the organization has placed on him and the great expectation it has of him, and is also indispensable from the support and help of colleagues. He declared that he will certainly live up to his responsibility and assume important mission, be keen to reform and eager to blaze new trails, be diligent and dedicated and seek breakthroughs, set a good example for serving the people and being incorruptible. He will definitely serve his colleagues wholeheartedly, continue to care for their work, study and political progress and make sure old, middle-aged and young comrades get what they want. He expects the leading group of our ministry to keep political awareness, be highly consistent with the CPC Central Committee, learn from each other, supervise each other, support each other, keep good spirits and set examples. He expects responsible leaders of all departments and bureaus to have the courage to take responsibilities, live up to their missions, work hard and serve as the engine of our environmental system. All members of MEP are expected to realize their values of life, thereby realize our dream of having a blue sky, green land and clear water in a colorful era full of hope and passion.
Wu Xiaoqing, Zhou Jian, Meng Wei, Liu Bingjiang, Gao Jixi and Wen Xiangcai, deputies and committee members of these two sessions from our Ministry and its affiliates, introduced the grand occasion of the sessions and talked freely about their feelings and harvest, respectively.
Vice Ministers of MEP Pan Yue, Li Ganjie and Zhai Qing; discipline inspection team leader Zhou Ying; member of our leading Party members’ group He Jie; chief engineer Wan Bentai and chief engineer on nuclear safety Xu Qinghua participated in the study of the central group.
Officials in charge of all departments from the Ministry, its dispatched agencies and its affiliates also sit in the study meeting.
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