Steps for getting an exploitation licence
Terms of Reference for EIA and SIA
After consultation with the relevant Ministries (for EIA the EAMRA, and for SIA the MMR), a Terms of Reference in three languages (English, Danish and Greenlandic) must be submitted to the Mineral Resources Authority.
Pre-consultation 35 days
Terms of Reference for both EIA and SIA is published on the Government’s hearing portal for 35 days to receive public comments. At the end of the period the Licensee must address all comments in the three languages in a White Paper, and revise and resubmit a final Terms of Reference.
Public consultations and hearings min. 8 weeks
The draft EIA and SIA is published on the Government’s hearing portal for a minimum of 8 weeks. During this period public hearings are held in relevant towns and settlements. At the end of the hearing period the Licensee must address all comments in the three languages in a White Paper, and revise the EIA and SIA. Following consultation with authorities, a final EIA and SIA is submitted to the Mineral Resources Authority.
The Licensee must negotiate the Impact Benefit Agreement (IBA) with the Government and the relevant municipality/municipalities. Further information under this agreement can be found under Impact Benefit Agreement (IBA).
Drafting exploitation licence
The Mineral Resources Authority prepares the exploitation licence document, providing the overall framework for the licence. Further information on this document can be found under Exploitation permit (§16).