On 21 November 2011 the President signed Federal Law No. 331-FZ amending the Federal Law “On Environmental Protection” and certain other legislative acts of the Russian Federation.

The Law primarily amends the Federal Law “On Environmental Protection” with the intent to increase effectiveness of the state ecological monitoring management in Russia. The Law proposes to establish a unified state ecological monitoring system to include all existing types of monitoring in the sphere of environmental protection (e.g., air, forest, land, subsoil, radiation conditions). Information support for the system will be achieved by introducing a unified state monitoring database.

The database will contain information on the condition of the environment and the results of state control and registration of facilities adversely affecting the environment. This information may be provided to legal entities for planning and implementing business activities.

The Law will enter into force on 1 January 2012.

For further information please contact Igor Ostapets or Irina Dmitrieva in the Moscow office of White & Case, tel + 7 495 787 3000 .