Please note that the Resolution of Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine of December 16, 2015 №1173 (published in the "Uryadovy Kuryer" ("Governmental Courier") of January 19, 2016 №10) amends the Regulation of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine of May 30, 2011 №615 "On Approval of the Procedure for Granting Special Permits for Subsoil Use".
In accordance to the new edition of the Resolution, to receive a special permit for subsoil use the applicant should apply directly to the State Service of Geology and Mineral Resources of Ukraine (Derzhheonadra) same as before. The update implies that Derzhheonadra will in its turn independently and without appealing to the economic entity coordinate at the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources and other government authorities of Ukraine the approval to provide the subsoil for use.
To coordinate of the approval to provide the subsoil for use Derzhheonadra will no later than the day after the applicant documents receipt day send the copies thereof in paper or electronic form (via scanning) to the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources and other government authorities of Ukraine. The issue of the permit is conducted based on the application and the documents listen in Annex 1 to the Regulation of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine of May 30, 2011 №615. Submitting additional documents to receive the approval of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources shall not be required.
The new edition comes into force on January 19, 2016. Accordingly, all the applications for the subsoil use approval which have been submitted to the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources before January 19, 2016 will be considered by the committee in compliance with the Regulation edition valid at the moment of the application submission. All the applications, submitted to the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources after January 19, 2016 will be rejected and returned to the applicants. We emphasize that due to the new approval procedure entering into force, the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources is to adopt decisions as to all the current applications at the Ministry, including those which incurred postponement for various reasons. All sets of documents registered at the Ministry up to January 16, 2016 have been considered at the committee session on this day. The documents sets which will be returned from the State Ecological Inspection of Ukraine during February will be additionally considered by the committee at the end of the month.
We further remind that the agenda and minutes of the Ministry Subsoil Use Granting Approval Committee session can be consulted at the following website page: http://www.menr.gov.ua/nadrokorystuvannia.
On January 25, 2016 Derzhheonadra will hold an interdepartmental meeting which is planned to agree on the cooperation mechanism among Derzhheonadra, the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, and other government authorities on subsoil use permit granting. Thereafter, departmental normative legal acts will be amended accordingly.