HPR: Democratic bloc lodges appeal against Nefzaoua research permit and Douiret exploration permit | Tunisia News Gazette

HPR: Democratic bloc lodges appeal against Nefzaoua research permit and Douiret exploration permit

The Democratic Parliamentary Bloc of the House of the People’s Representatives (HPR) has lodged two appeals against the Nefzaoua (Kebili Governorate) and the Douiret exploration permit (Tataouine Governorate) exploration permit, to the Provisional Authority for the Control of the Constitutionality of Bills (French; IPCCPL ), Lawyer Faouzia Bacha said on Wednesday.

In a statement to TAP, on the sidelines of a conference organised by the “Erakh le” coordination (“Do not let go”), it pointed out that there were violations of the permits in question, contrary to Articles 10, 12 and 13 of the Constitution on the prohibition of corruption, good governance and the obligation to submit energy contracts to the HPR.

The two companies, namely Energy Limited (Ukraine) for the “Nefzaoua” license and the Dutch company Mazarine Energy Tunisie BV, for the “Douiret” permit, could, by virtue of the agreements signed could go the stage of production without requesting an operating license from the HPR.

Bacha also warned against the lack of control by the HPR on the production and exploitation phases, contrary to the provisions of Article 12 of the Constitution which confers on the State the responsibility of guaranteeing the good Exploitation of national resources.

According to the lawyer, granting of exploration and research permits constitutes an attempt to violate Article 13 of the Constitution, which imposes the obligation to submit the signed conventions to the representatives of the people for approval.

She also considered that the hydrocarbons sector was the most suspected sector of corruption, especially since the economic convention concluded with the French colonizer on 3 June 1955 is still in force.

The convention forbids, according to its statements, to Tunisia any change of its energy systems and the criteria of allocation of the energy permits.

Basha also said that the Democratic bloc will present a legislative initiative to revise the convention, saying that the rejection of a proposal to devote part of energy production to regional development reflects an attempt to conceal the real production statistics and revenue resulting taxation.

Source: TAP news Agency

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