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Brazil overhauls decades-old mining law, eyeing investment

Jake Spring

12 Jun 2018

By Jake Spring (Reuters) |  12 June 2018

Brazil’s President Michel Temer will issue two decrees on Tuesday overhauling mining laws in attempt to draw investment to the sector and implementing rules on the collection of higher mining royalties, the Mines and Energy Ministry said.

The changes to the mining code include measures to allow for mining titles to be used as guarantees for financing, aimed at stimulating investment in sector, and to allow miners to continue exploring for minerals while production license applications are pending, the ministry said.

The decree will also apply stricter rules to miners for the recovery of degraded areas and mine closure planning, the ministry said.

Reuters reported first on the presidential measures last week, citing sources.

The decree, which will bypass Congress, makes similar changes to the mining code that were proposed last year but failed to pass the legislature.

A separate presidential decree implements rules passed by Congress last year on the collection and redistribution of mining royalties on a variety of minerals.

The decree confirms that municipalities affected by mining that takes place elsewhere will receive a portion of the royalties, a move seen benefiting Maranhao, Rio de Janeiro and Espirito Santo states which transport vast quantities of minerals from the interior of the country.

Reporting by Jake Spring; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Marguerita Choy
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