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Government of Montenegro adopts bill on protection from negative impact of climate change

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Photo: Minister Pavle Radulović (Montenegrin government)

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October 21, 2019

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The Government of Montenegro has adopted a bill on protection from the negative impact of climate change and sent it to parliament for approval. Montenegro is one of the first countries in the region and the first Contracting Party to the Energy Community Treaty to adopt such a document.

The key objective of the bill is to protect against adverse effects of climate change, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect the ozone layer, the Montenegrin government has said, adding that Montenegro is one of the first countries in the region to adopt this document.

The Energy Community Secretariat has welcomed the move, saying that Montenegro is the first Contracting Party in the region to adopt this document of exceptional importance.

The law will introduce the obligation to produce a low-carbon development strategy, a national adaptation plan, GHG level projections, a GHG level projection report, a GHG inventory, the obligation to obtain a special permit for GHG emissions for industrial plants, the obligation to monitor, report, and verify GHG emissions for air companies  and industrial and energy facilities, as well as the obligation to obtain a license to perform activities that deplete the ozone layer, according to the text of the bill.

This regulation will ensure the harmonization of Montenegro’s national legislation with the EU acquis in the area of climate change

This regulation will ensure the harmonization of Montenegro’s national legislation with the EU acquis in the area of climate change, which was  one of the prerequisites for opening Chapter 27 of EU accession talks, and create conditions for  establishing a system for mitigation and adaptation to climate change, meeting the obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), meeting the Paris Agreement commitments, and meeting the Kyoto Protocol and Doha amendments.

The bill was drafted by the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism, headed by Minister Pavle Radulović.

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