The Agrarian Issues Committee approved the Adequate Sanctions for the Prevention of the Offenses in the Environmental Sphere
The Committee discussed with the I reading and approved the Draft Code of Administrative Offenses and the Draft Criminal Code.
“The Bills initiated by the Government aim at the prevention of the environmental offenses, especially when we speak about the utilization of the natural resources, its rationality and effective oversight mechanisms”, - the Deputy Environmental Minister, Nino Tandilashvili stated.
According to her, the Bills will eliminate the gaps in the enforcement of the Codes, establish the sanctions for certain offenses, differential sanctions according to the gravity of offenses, establish the preventive sanctions, regulate the legal aspects, mitigate certain offenses etc. The Changes are complex and concern the re-cultivation works, illegal utilization of the minerals, Red List species, violation of licenses, use of the pastures on the protected areas, pollution of air, production of plastic and bio-degradable bags, illegal fishing and hunting, illegal wood-cut, illegal fishing by the vessels sailing under the Georgian Flag in international waters etc.
One of the acutest challenges implies the illegal fishing and the respective changes are to be introduced to the Criminal Code, the reporter noted adding that “illegal fishing with the prohibited instruments is particularly frequent in term of the rivers, the instruments include e-shock, explosives and poisons. In such cases, we think the responsibility shall be quite strict – such offenses shall be subject to criminal sanctions as it entails the destruction of the fish resources in the rivers. As the statistical data also reveals, such offenses become more frequent and the fish resources are already reduced”, - the reporter noted.
The hereof offenses shall be subject to the criminal sanction – the public labor, or detention with 2-6 years – depending on the gravity of the offenses to be determined by the Court.