Parliament Amends Law to Ban Large-Scale Hydraulic Fracturing

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The amendments define more precisely procedures related to all oil mining activities and prevent the overlapping of more investors in a single area conducting different activities.

For the sake of development and use of renewable energy sources, Croatia’s geothermal potential will be promoted by authorising the Hydrocarbon Agency to carry out exploratory activities and establish a development company promoting the development and use of geothermal potential.

Large-scale hydraulic fracturing is banned as a risky and dangerous activity, even though other exploratory activities using the fracturing method are still allowed.

Hydraulic fracturing is a well stimulation technique involving the fracturing of bedrock formations by a pressurised liquid. The process is used to recover gas and oil from shale rock and is very controversial and questionable from the point of view of environmental protection and preservation.

The parliament also amended by a majority vote the Act on Road Transport which defines the co-financing of public road transport, notably bus lines in rural areas.

The cancellation of nonprofitable bus lines in some areas, notably those that are sparsely populated, makes normal life for citizens more difficult and the situation has been additionally worsened by the coronavirus pandemic, which is why the government decided to ensure co-funding for public passenger road transport.

The amended law also exempts taxi drivers who have provided that service  under earlier regulations from the obligation of having to pass a professional competence exam.

The parliament also amended the Act on the Security of Sea Ships and Ports under which all ports must have security assessments ready.

The parliament adopted a national programme for the protection of consumers for the period from 2021 to 2024, a strategic document designed to enhance the efficiency of market supervision and better consumer information and education.

MPs also unanimously supported the establishment of an office for projects of the World Meteorological Organisation in Croatia.

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