ArmInfo. The process of issuing new licenses for development of birthplaces has been suspended in Armenia. On June 7, presenting the program of activity of the new government in the country's parliament, Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan stated.
According to him, it is necessary to conduct a full-fledged study of the problem in order to identify possible environmental and corruption risks. It is important, the Prime Minister continued, to receive full information about the processes taking place in the mining industry, as it is about national wealth and strategic interests of the state. The Prime Minister of Armenia reminded that he commissioned to create a working group to study the situation on metal operated mines and deposits. The work of the group, which will involve specialists, environmentalists, representatives public and government, as well as journalists, will be transparent. "Ultimately, decisions will be taken that will correspond to the national interests of the country," the Armenian government head emphasized.
Earlier the Minister of Energy Infrastructures and Natural Resources of the Republic of Armenia Artur Grigoryan informed the journalists that the work on the implementation of the Prime Minister's order will begin in the shortest possible time. According to him, the department has already received the order of the Prime Minister, work on its implementation has begun. "All research data will be published in a short time," the minister stressed.
To recall, the RA Prime Minister instructed the authorities to begin inspections on the exploited mines and mineral deposits in Armenia. He noted that recently there have been a lot of signals about the compliance of these mines with the legislation and environmental standards of the country. "We will be consistent in this matter, recently, both in the whole world and in Armenia environmental problems are actively discussed, and a balanced approach is needed in this issue, as well as in a number of others," the prime minister stressed, stressing that only with this approach will not manage to bring the matter to negative consequences, including those related to investments.