China News Service, April 26th, the website of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment recently issued the "Guiding Opinions on the Implementation of the Reporting and Rewarding System for Ecological Environmental Violations" (hereinafter referred to as the "Opinions"). The "Opinions" pointed out that whistleblowers are encouraged to report real-life ecological and environmental violations according to law Behavior, encourage insiders within the company to report. The matters reported by the whistleblower should be objective and true, and there should generally be clear reporting targets and environmental violations. After verification, the real-name whistleblowers who meet the conditions should be rewarded except for their refusal.
"Opinions" pointed out that the establishment and organization of the implementation of ecological environment violations reporting rewards (hereinafter referred to as "reporting rewards") system to give full play to the role of driving and demonstration of reporting rewards. Encourage all localities to adapt to local conditions based on existing work and focus on combining material and spiritual rewards. Strict financial discipline. Protect the legal rights and interests of the whistleblowers according to law. The department that implements rewards is generally the ecological environment department that makes administrative penalty decisions, and in principle, the city-level ecological environment department with districts is the mainstay.
The "Opinions" propose to encourage whistleblowers to report in real names according to law, and encourage insiders within the enterprise to report. The matters reported by the whistleblower should be objective and true, and there should generally be clear reporting targets and environmental violations. After verification, the real-name whistleblowers who meet the conditions should be rewarded except for their refusal.
At the same time, various localities can clearly define the types of environmental violations that are rewarded based on local realities and key issues of the ecological environment, and based on the reported ease of violations found, the degree of harm to the ecological environment, and the social impact of violations Factors such as scope, set reward standards for different grades. For reporting to avoid major ecological and environmental violations, eliminating major ecological and environmental safety hazards, or assisting in investigating and prosecuting major ecological and environmental violations and crimes, the whistleblower may be given a heavy award. In addition to material rewards, all localities are encouraged to provide whistleblowers with commendations, issue honorary certificates, and award honorary titles.
In addition, all localities should improve the internal management system for reporting and rewarding work, arrange personnel with strong sense of responsibility and business ability to be responsible, improve the analysis and judgment ability of reporting clues, and timely identify and discover major environmental violation clues. For difficult and complex reporting clues, you can rely on case review committees, law enforcement experts, etc. to improve the accuracy and timeliness of research and judgment. In principle, the clues for major environmental violations are reviewed and investigated by the municipal and above-level ecological and environmental departments in the district.
The "Opinions" propose that all regions should standardize the procedures for awarding awards. Under the premise of strict compliance with the law, improve the efficiency of reporting awards, optimize and simplify the review and release process, reduce the acquisition of unnecessary personal information, and ensure that bonuses are paid in full. If the whistle-blower has special requirements for the method of issuing a heavy award, it may consider it on a legal basis. Encourage the exploration of the use of electronic payment and other convenient ways to issue bonuses to facilitate the whistleblowers to collect.
The "Opinions" emphasize that in the implementation of the reporting and rewarding work, all localities should further enhance their sense of responsibility and confidentiality, and keep the personal information of the whistleblowers strictly confidential. The staff of the Eco-environment Department blamed delays, ventilated reporting, negligence of duties, malpractices for personal favors, irregular disclosure of whistleblowers' information, and disclosure of clues to others for reporting rewards, misappropriation, embezzlement of reporting funds, etc. Violation of discipline shall be held accountable according to law. Whoever fabricated or distorted the facts of the reporter, maliciously lied or requested property from the reported entity, and seriously disrupted the reporting and rewarding work shall be held accountable according to law.
"Opinions" pointed out that all localities should attach great importance to reporting and rewarding work, as an important part of building a modern environmental governance system, and carefully organize and implement. Further unblock reporting channels, actively integrate and optimize the “12369” environmental protection reporting hotline, WeChat, Internet, letters, visits and other platforms or channels, and do a good job in connection with the acceptance of reports, investigation of cases, and implementation of rewards.
At the same time, the provincial eco-environmental department should actively coordinate and promote the establishment of district-level municipal people's governments to strengthen the guarantee of guarantee funds. The departments that implement rewards should include the report award funds in the department budget, use the report award funds according to law, and accept supervision.