Top legislature concludes session, adopts resolution on environmental protection
Li Zhanshu, chairman of the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, presides over the closing meeting of an extraordinary session of the 13th NPC Standing Committee at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, July 10, 2018. (Xinhua/Wang Ye)
BEIJING, July 10 (Xinhua) -- China's top legislature concluded a two-day extraordinary session Tuesday, with the adoption of a resolution on environmental protection and pollution control at its closing meeting.
While presiding over the closing meeting, Li Zhanshu, chairman of the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, said the session is aimed at better implementing major decisions and plans of the Communist Party of China Central Committee on pollution prevention and control, as well as contributing people's congresses' strength to environmental protection.
The top legislature's session is held every two months, but can be convened temporarily for special purposes. A report on the implementation of the Air Pollution Control Law was reviewed by legislators at the session.
The NPC Standing Committee sent four teams to eight provincial-level regions to check the implementation of the law from May to June. They also entrusted local legislatures in the other 23 provincial-level areas with inspections.
Members of the NPC Standing Committee spoke highly of the work by the inspection teams and voiced unanimous support for the report, Li said.
They also stressed the importance of law enforcement, green development, and raising awareness of environmental protection, adding that efforts should be made to control emissions discharged by diesel-powered vehicles, according to Li.
He said remarkable achievements have been made in pollution control, but the situation on air pollution remains severe.
Oversight by lawmakers is an important part of the supervision system of the Party and the state, which is entrusted by the state and people and with legal effect, Li said.
Such supervision is aimed at ensuring the comprehensive and effective implementation of the Constitution and laws and safeguarding the people's rights and interests, he said.
Priority should be given to major issues concerning the overall situation of reform, development and stability and prominent problems of public concern in the work of oversight, Li noted, calling for more powerful and effective supervision by lawmakers with larger authority.
According to the resolution approved at the closing meeting, Party leadership must be upheld in building an ecological civilization and the most rigorous legal system on environmental protection must be in place.
It called for efforts to promote efficient enforcement of environmental laws and regulations and encourage the public to protect environment through legal means.
Calling on all relevant departments to implement the resolution, Li urged them to speed up the building of the ecological civilization system under the leadership of the CPC Central Committee and fully promote green development.
Li said great attention must be paid to solving prominent environmental problems so as to meet people's increasing demand for a beautiful environment and step up the building of a beautiful China.
The NPC Standing Committee Tuesday afternoon held a chairpersons' meeting presided over by Li, and decided to put the draft resolution for vote at its closing meeting.