24 May 2000
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General,
Pursuant to the authority given to him under United Nations Security Council resolution 1244 (1999) of 10 June 1999,
Taking into account United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) Regulation No. 1999/1 of 25 July 1999, as amended, on the Authority of the Interim Administration in Kosovo and UNMIK Regulation No. 2000/1 of 14 January 2000 on the Kosovo Joint Interim Administrative Structure,
For the purpose of establishing the Administrative Department of Environmental Protection,
Hereby promulgates the following:
1.1 The Administrative Department of Environmental Protection (hereinafter “the Department”) is hereby established.
1.2 The Department shall be responsible for the overall management of matters relating to environmental protection in Kosovo.
1.3 The Department shall implement the policy guidelines formulated by the Interim Administrative Council in the field of environmental protection.
2.1 The Department may make policy recommendations to the Interim Administrative Council through the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Civil Administration concerning, inter alia:
(a) An overall strategy and policies for the development of non-discriminatory, efficient, transparent and accountable environmental protection in Kosovo;
(b) Environmental concerns and requirements in all sectoral policies, plans and projects of the Interim Administration;
(c) The economic aspects and the mechanisms for improving the environment in Kosovo;
(d) The regulatory framework for setting norms and standards for the protection of water resources, air, soil and biodiversity, and the preparation of regulations;
(e) The priority investments required for introducing clean technologies; and
(f) Public information campaigns and other promotional schemes to enhance public awareness and implementation of and compliance with the advanced environmental standards.
2.2 The Department shall:
(a) Implement decisions made by the Interim Administrative Council on environmental matters;
(b) Oversee activities related to the protection of water resources, air, soil and biodiversity;
(c) Implement the strategy and policies for the development and provision of environmental protection within the framework of the Kosovo Consolidated Budget;
(d) Participate in and support regional environmental development practices that affect Kosovo;
(e) Oversee the activities of industry and public utilities as they relate to environmental protection and assess their impact on the environment;
(f) Formulate and propose requirements for sectoral policies, plans and projects of the Interim Administration;
(g) Co-ordinate with international and governmental and non-governmental organizations in the field of environmental protection in order to promote the coherent development and implementation of environmental protection policies;
(h) Support the development, implementation and transfer of clean technologies;
(i) Assist in the establishment of a network of environmental monitoring institutions to generate data bases on environmental conditions in Kosovo;
(j) Participate in the identification, evaluation and implementation of investment projects for clean technologies in Kosovo;
(k) Facilitate public access to information on clean technologies;
(l) Promote public awareness activities and assist relevant public institutions to encourage environmental protection;
(m) Encourage the development of environmental education to foster knowledge and competence to conserve and improve the environment;
(n) Coordinate with other Administrative Departments on matters pertaining to environmental protection; and
(o) Perform such functions as are ancillary to those set out above in this section and are assigned to the Department by the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Civil Administration.
Co-Heads of the Department, under the supervision of the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Civil Administration, shall be jointly responsible for:
(a) Managing the Department and ensuring that the functions entrusted to it are implemented;
(b) Staffing, organizing and administering the Department and issuing administrative instructions and operating guidelines on any matters pertaining to the functions of the Department; and
(c) The effective and efficient management of resources provided to the Department from the Kosovo Consolidated Budget or from any other source.
Co-Heads of the Department shall:
(a) Implement non-discriminatory personnel policies designed to ensure that the composition of the staff of the Department reflects the multi-ethnic character of Kosovo;
(b) Endeavour to ensure equitable gender balance in all areas and levels within the Department; and
(c) Ensure that all recruitment is based on professional qualifications, competence and merit.
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General may issue administrative directions in connection with the implementation of the present regulation.
The present regulation shall supersede any provision in the applicable law which is inconsistent with it.
ENTRY INTO FORCE
The present regulation shall enter into force on 24 May 2000.
Special Representative of the Secretary-General