Cabinet planning to upgrade the EPA to ministry

Taipei Times
Date: Aug 23, 2017
By: Chen Wei-han / Staff reporter

The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) is to be upgraded to a ministry,

Premier Lin Chuan speaks at the Environmental Protection Administration’s 30th anniversary celebration ceremony yesterday in Taipei. Photo: CNA

Premier Lin Chuan (林全) announced yesterday.

The Cabinet decided that the agency would be upgraded to the “ministry of environmental protection and natural resources” to combine the management of national resources, climate change mitigation and soil and water conservation, which are currently handled by different agencies, under a unified chain of command, Lin said at a ceremony in Taipei to mark the 30th anniversary of the founding of the EPA.

The upgrade, which has been under discussion for more than a decade, is part of the Cabinet’s planned government restructuring, and the Executive Yuan expects to submit its restructuring plan to the Legislative Yuan next month for approval.
However, some details still have to be worked out.    [FULL  STORY]

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