New and amended regulations for mining exploration from 1 August 2014
On 11 June 2014 the Swedish Parliament enacted a government bill amending the provisions of the Minerals Act (1991:45) governing exploration works, thereby widening the obligations of exploration permit holders to provide information about their exploration works. The amendment enters into force on 1 August 2014.
The purpose of the statutory amendments is to ensure that those affected by exploration works receive the information they need to safeguard their rights as against the permit holder. The amendments also mean that if the parties affected so request, the permit holder must inform them about when the work on the site in question will begin and when it has been completed. Another effect of the amendment is to clarify monitoring of, and responsibility for, public interests in mining exploration.