Municipalities will keep their right to veto geological surveys

Municipalities will still be able to veto plans to make a geological survey to find radioactive ores in their area even after passage of an amendment to the geological law, said Environment Minister Peter Žiga after a meeting with the Association of Towns and Villages of Slovakia (ZMOS), the SITA newswire reported on March 12.

Municipalities will still be able to veto plans to make a geological survey to find radioactive ores in their area even after passage of an amendment to the geological law, said Environment Minister Peter Žiga after a meeting with the Association of Towns and Villages of Slovakia (ZMOS), the SITA newswire reported on March 12.

The Environment Ministry originally wanted to change the law and exclude municipalities as well as self-governing regions from deciding over the area that can be surveyed. The right of veto which the municipalities currently have affects the possibility to make geological surveys and the subsequent usage of the mineral resources of state, the Environment Ministry stated in a report describing the changes, SITA wrote.

For municipalities it is important to be involved in the decision-making process over the surveys made on their cadastral territory, said ZMOS head Jozef Dvonč, as cited by SITA. Reaching the agreement with the Environment Ministry represents an important success, Dvonč added.

Source: SITA

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