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New Zealand: Ocean Sanctuary Announced

(Sept. 30, 2015) On September 28, 2015, at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key announced that a new, fully-protected ocean sanctuary in the Kermadec region will be established by legislation to be enacted next year. The sanctuary will cover about 620,000 square kilometers (about 385,250 square miles) […]

Indonesia: Export Ban on Unprocessed Minerals Comes into Effect

(Jan. 23, 2014) On January 12, 2014, an Indonesian presidential decree prohibiting the export of unprocessed minerals came into force. It had been signed by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on January 11 at a Cabinet meeting. (Indonesia’s Law on Ore Exports Takes Effect,THE <!–?JAKARTA POST (Jan. 12, 2014); Indonesia Implements Ban on Unprocessed Ore Export, […]

France: New Mining Code Under Consideration

(Dec. 23, 2013) On September 5, 2012, the French Prime Minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, created a working group to elaborate an in-depth reform of the French Mining Code. This working group, which consisted of elected officials, jurists, representatives from non-government organizations, and representatives from the industrial sector, as well as other concerned social actors and experts, […]

Burundi: New Mining Code Replaces 1976 Law

(Dec. 18, 2013) On October 15, 2013, President Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi assented to enactment of the country’s new Mining Code, which had been approved by Burundi’s Senate on October 10. (Anapaula Trindade Marinho, Burundi: Mining Code Enacted, TAX NEWS SERVICE (Dec. 9, 2013), International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation online subscription database; Burundi: Un nouveau […]

Denmark; Greenland: Greenland Votes to Lift Uranium Mining Ban; Considers Independence

(Nov. 18, 2013) On October 24, 2013, in a close vote, Greenland’s legislature, the Inatsisartut (Parliament), overturned a 1988 ban on the mining of radioactive materials. The 15-14 vote will permit uranium, thorium, and rare earth deposits, among other materials, to be mined in Greenland. Denmark’s legislature will also have to approve the cancelling of […]

European Union: European Parliament Committee Approves Legislation Requiring Mineral and Oil Companies to Disclose Payments to Governments

(June 7, 2013) The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. (Press Release, MEPS Back Deal Forcing Oil and Mineral Firms to Disclose Payments to Governments (May […]