On Oct. 8, MEE held a general assembly of officials, at which Secretary of the Leading Party Members’ Group and Minister Li Ganjie announced the completion of the Ministry’s restructuring with its internal departments and staffing finalized.
The new ministry came as a major decision of the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core, in an effort to adapt to the development of socialism with Chinese characteristics in a new era. It is a major institutional arrangement for comprehensively deepening the reforms and a profound change to further modernize the country’s governance system and capacity. It is of great historic significance to advancing the ecological progress, meeting the people’s ever-growing needs for a beautiful environment, making sure the high-quality growth to be coordinated with high-level protection, and consolidating China’s role in global development of ecological civilization.
The new ministry has been restructured to improve the ecological and environmental wellbeing, address the acute problems with the ongoing administrative institutions for ecological and environmental protection, integrate the protection responsibilities from across the government departments, make overall plans for ecological conservation and pollution control, and unitarily regulate the pollution discharge and compliance inspection in the urban and rural areas.
The conclusion of the reshuffle marks a major progress made by the Ministry in respect of institutional restructuring and team building, with the internal structures adjusted and the staff reappointed. We will proceed with solidarity and stability in the transitional period, and continue to support the local restructuring that follows, the reshuffle of the ecological and environmental inspectors, and the reform to advance the vertical management of the monitoring and inspection departments below the province level.
The new departments must follow the guidance of the Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics, work strenuously to implement the Xi Jinping Thought on Ecological Civilization and the guiding principles of the National Conference on Ecological and Environmental Protection, and put up an uphill fight against pollution.
To fight pollution and achieve the ecological and environmental improvement goals came as a major historic mission and political task assigned by the CPC Central Committee and the State Council to the environmental protection departments, in order to improve the environment to a level inherent in a moderately prosperous society by 2020.
The environment has been on the improvement over the past few years. However, the ecological advancement is still behind the economic and social development, which raises a close concern as a weakness in the landscape of national development.
And the pollution fight is impeded by multiple challenges and faces ever more stress from the complicating environmental economic scenarios.
To win this fight, we should build a better team of ecological and environmental protectors very soon, stressed Li. We should raise the political awareness and act on the Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, the Xi Jinping Thought on Ecological Civilization, and the National Conference on Ecological and Environmental Protection. We should look at the bigger picture and address one of the closest concerns of the people, which is, the pressing environmental problems. Furthermore, we should take all factors into consideration and draft overall plans, highlight the priorities, and make steady progress. We will monitor the progress in the implementation of the central decisions and deployments, and make a list of the pollution problems reported by the people, and oversee the rectifications. Also, we should keep to our missions, face up to the challenges, take a problem-oriented approach, and adopt tough measures. Finally, we should eradicate bad work styles, and stress the team building.
Under the witness of Minister Li, the officials were sworn into office.
The meeting was presided over by Vice Minister Huang Runqiu. A member of the Leading Party Members’ Group and Vice Minister Zhai Qing reported on the Group’s democratic discussion meetings. A member of the Leading Party Members’ Group and Vice Minister Zhao Yingmin announced the officials who have taken office as the directors general of the Ministry’s internal departments.
A member of the Leading Party Members’ Group and Vice Minister Liu Hua, Chief Inspector of the CCDI Inspector’s Office and Chief Supervisor of the SSC Supervisor’s Office at the MEE Wu Haiying, and Vice Minister Zhuang Guotai presented at the meeting.
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