Validity of exploration permits extended by another year

Mining and mineral extraction has long been one of Sweden’s most important industries, not only from a regional and local perspective but also in the global market. The mining industry is important on many different levels, providing jobs, economic stability and contributing to the green transition through the extraction of minerals and metals. It is with these factors in mind that the Swedish Government proposed a bill containing amendments to the Minerals Act to counteract the serious consequences that the spread of covid-19 has had for exploration companies and for the mining industry as a whole.

Published: 18. May 2022

On 12 May 2022 the Swedish Parliament accepted the Government’s bill regarding a one-year extended period of validity for exploration permits. The amendments laid out in the bill will gain legal force on 10 June 2022 and mean that the period of validity of exploration permits that were valid on 1 July 2020 and which are still valid on 9 June 2022 will be extended by one year.

This gives permit holders that meet the requisite criteria the opportunity to carry out work that, due to the pandemic, it has not been possible to perform. However, the proposals do not cover exploration permits that apply to oil, gaseous hydrocarbons or that are based on an application for the extraction of coal or where coal has been explicitly stated in the permit.

Do you have any questions regarding the extension of exploration permits or any other mining related issues? Do not hesitate to contact:

Pia Pehrson, Partner
Tel: +46 (0)733 22 84 42

Peter Dyer, Partner
Tel: +46 (0)733 22 84 29

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