New mineral acts postponed

Due to the continued Covid-19 situation, the Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources has once more decided to postpone a number of legislative initiatives relating to the mineral resources sector, including the new Mineral Resources Act and Small-Scale Mining Act proposals.

As a result, the new Mineral Resources Act and Small-Scale Mining Act will be put forward in the parliamentary Autumn session 2021, instead of the  Spring session 2021.

The postponement will also affect the timing of the consultation process. The Ministry of Mineral Resources had planned to launch a public consultation of the two acts in August 2021. The public consultation is now postponed until March or April 2021, depending on the situation.

The postponement, however, does not affect the procedure for the planned consultation process. The acts will be published on the Government of Greenland’s hearing portal (https://naalakkersuisut.gl/en/Hearings/Current-Hearings), the Mineral Resources Authority’s website (https://govmin.gl/media/news/), and on social media. The Mineral Resources Act will be available in Greenlandic, English and Danish. The Small-Scale Mining Act, however, will only be available in Greenlandic and Danish. The Mineral Resources Authority will also send the new acts out directly to licensees and other stakeholders for consultation in order to get input from as many stakeholders as possible.

If approved by the Greenland Parliament, the new Acts will come into force presumably on 1 January 2022, instead of 1 July 2021.

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