FAO Legal Office

The FAO Legal Office provides in-house counsel in accordance with the Basic Texts of the Organization, gives legal advisory services to FAO members, assists in the formulation of treaties on food and agriculture, for which the Director-General acts as Depositary, publishes legal studies and maintains a database (FAOLEX) of national legislation and international agreements concerning food and agriculture (including fisheries, forestry and water).

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Designation of Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (Scotland) Regulations 2015 (S.S.I. No. 376 of 2015).

These Regulations further implement in Scotland the requirements of Council Directive 91/676/EEC concerning the protection of waters against pollution caused by nitrates from agricultural sources by designating the revised vulnerable zones in accordance with Article 3(4) of the Directive. Under Article 3(1) of the Directive, Member States are required to identify waters affected by pollution and waters which could be affected by pollution in accordance with the criteria set out in Annex 1 to the Directive.

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November 2015

Regional Law No.85-OZ amending Regional Law No. 57-OZ “On the objects of cultural heritage”.

Article 4 shall be amended to add the following wording: “Plenary powers of the Regional Government in the sphere of conservation, management and promotion of the objects of cultural heritage shall include participation in common state policy, elaboration and validation of regional state programs, organization of regional protected areas and establishment of the boundaries thereof”.

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October 2015

Regional Law No. 83-ZRT "On municipal land control".

This Regional Law establishes that municipal land shall be intended activity of local government related to supervision and enforcement of the requirements of land legislation. Municipal land control shall be performed in the form of ordinary and extraordinary inspections related to purposeful (specific) management of allotted land plots. The grounds for land inspection shall be creation of a right to land plot and expire of three-year period since the previous ordinary land inspection.

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October 2015

Regional Law No. 92-ZS amending Regional law No. 32-ZS “On cultural heritage”.

Article 4 shall be amended to add the following wording: “Local self-government bodies shall perform the following plenary powers in the sphere of management and conservation of the objects of cultural heritage: (a) conservation, management and promotion of the objects of cultural heritage pertaining to municipal units; (b) state protection of the objects of cultural heritage; (c) organization of local protected areas containing objects of cultural heritage; and (d) access of handicapped persons to the objects of cultural heritage”.

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October 2015