Volyn MPs asked Parliament to pass a law about amber

The head of Volyn regional state administration Vladimir Gonik and Volyn regional Council addressed to the authorities with the request as soon as possible to adopt the law of Ukraine «On production and sale of amber». Reported by the Ukrainian service of the BBC.

At the session on 30 September Volyn deputies by a majority of votes supported the appeal initiated by Genicom.

«While the development of the amber is not translated in the legal field, this illegal extraction of minerals will continue in the future, harming the environment and giving rise to new conflict situations», — the statement says.

The address also outlined the intentions of local authorities to create municipal enterprise «amber of Volyn» with branches in the districts.

We will remind, the Ministry of ecology and natural resources in the absence of positive results from the legalization of amber mining does not preclude the introduction of a special regime of activities in the territories under its illegal production.

Earlier, the Minister of internal Affairs Arsen Avakov has proposed to urgently adopt a package of bills that will help combat the unauthorized extraction of amber, in which Ukraine is losing every day not less than one million dollars.

In mid-July the Ministry of ecology and natural resources of Ukraine announced that it withdrew all permits for the extraction of amber, which were issued in 2015. The Ministry said that the license will not be granted for the development of a transparent mechanism of regulation of production and sale of amber.

On 22 July the then Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Valeriy Bosevski instructed the Ministry of environment and the State service of Geology and mineral resources to develop changes in legislation to tackle the problem of illegal mining of amber in the country.

Vice Prime Minister noted the need to prepare complex program of development of the industry of amber extraction, which will contribute to the development of the region through legal and transparent mechanism for the use of subsoil.

According to him, the sector should work as one enterprise which will carry out extraction and sale of amber on the domestic and foreign markets.

Ukraine ranks second in the world reserves of amber, has the highest percentage of gem-quality amber in the deposits.

Volyn MPs asked Parliament to pass a law about amber 01.10.2015

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