CCTV News: The Press Center of the First Session of the Thirteenth National People's Congress held a press conference on the 17th, inviting Minister of Environmental Protection Li Ganjie to answer questions from Chinese and foreign journalists on issues related to "playing a tough fight against pollution".
Responding to the differences in responsibilities between the newly formed Ministry of Ecology and Environment and the Ministry of Environmental Protection, Li Ganjie said: "For a long time, there have been two outstanding issues in the system and mechanism of China's ecological environment protection."
Minister of Environmental Protection Li Ganjie said: "The first is the overlapping of responsibilities. The responsibility for the accident is unclear. The second is that the supervisor and the owner are not well separated. They are both athletes and athletes. They are referees. Some referees are independent, and his authority and effectiveness are not very strong. This time the reform plan, I feel that these two issues are well resolved. "
Li Ganjie said that the current State Council institutional reform has integrated all the responsibilities of the Ministry of Environmental Protection with related functions of the other six ministries, and unifiedly performed the administrative supervision functions of ecological and urban and rural pollution emissions.
When talking about the effect of the new environmental protection law, which has been implemented for three years, Li Ganjie said that the "strictest environmental protection law" has grown "teeth", which is indeed "deserved." Taking 2017 as an example, the number of illegal cases investigated and handled nationwide increased by 180% compared to 2014, and fines reached 11.58 billion yuan, an increase of 265% compared to 2014.
In answering the question of the impact of China ’s “foreign garbage ban” on developed countries, Li Ganjie emphasized that the issuance of the “foreign garbage ban” is a right enjoyed by the Chinese government and a due responsibility. In the past 20 years, China ’s imports of solid waste have increased tenfold, to about 45 million tons, and brought very prominent problems. One is that many prohibited wastes are entrained in imported waste, and the other is that it has caused serious pollution and damage to the environment during the processing and utilization of imported waste. Because of these outstanding issues, China has decided to significantly reduce the volume of solid waste imports from this year.
Li Ganjie, Minister of Environmental Protection, said: "Each country must reduce its own waste, treat it by itself, and digest it by itself. With this premise, many things will be better on this basis. It is also conducive to the popularization and promotion of the development of the global green low-carbon cycle, and it is conducive to the construction and construction of a clean and beautiful world. "