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Parliament defines how to demine Donbas

Parliament defines how to demine Donbas

Ukraine's Defense Ministry

Ukraine’s Parliament adopted bill No.9080-1 on anti-mine action in Ukraine in the second reading and in general. 242 people’s deputies voted for. Earlier, there were six unsuccessful ballots.
112 Ukraine broadcasted the event.
The Parliament managed to adopt the law only after it was announced that the anti-mine activity in Ukraine does not require licensing.

The law provides for the creation of the organ systems which will plan, coordinate, carry out demining, permit or ban doing this for certain companies and then, check the quality of works.
The Verkhovna Rada and the Cabinet of Ministers will join the planning, the parliament will approve the national program of anti-mine activity for five years (on the nomination of the Government). The Cabinet of Ministers will approve national standards in anti-mine activity sector and a set of admittedly contaminated territories, with explosive hazards in particular. Such data is to be included into the unified register of inspection, detection and cleaning of the territory, elimination of explosive devices.

The law determines the list of objects and subjects of de-mining activity, the order of their creation, the organizational and procedural base for the activity and requirements for the experts in the field of mine clearance, as well as funding sources.
The law provides for how the status of territories for de-mining shall be determined.
Areas contaminated with explosive objects are considered the territories of Ukraine, where the war was fought, a military conflict occurred, an anti-terrorist operation (ATO), an operation of joint forces in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, as well as temporarily occupied territories were conducted.
The Cabinet shall be authorized to change the status of the territory from polluted to safe.
Also, according to the law, a national mine action authority will operate in Ukraine as a permanent interdepartmental body to be established by the Cabinet of Ministers. Its responsibility will be to coordinate activities for the management and regulation of mine actions in Ukraine.
In addition, a commission on accreditation and monitoring will operate within this body. It will consider applications for accreditation of mine action operators, conduct accreditation of business entities and non-profitable enterprises, institutions and organizations and decide on the issue or refusal of the relevant certificate.
The law also defines the conditions for business entities to become operators of de-mining activities.
Earlier, the people’s deputies supported the bill as a basis on November 6, 2014 with 240 votes of the people’s deputies.
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