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ACT No. 259/2014 Coll.

on explosives precursors and amending the Act No. 634/2004 Coll., on administrative fees, as amended (the Act on explosives precursors)

Amendment: Act. No. 183/2017 Coll.

The Parliament has adopted the following Act of the Czech Republic:

PART ONE

EXPLOSIVES PRECURSORS

Art. 1

Subject Matter

(1) This Act, in relation to the directly applicable Regulation of the European Union1) regarding conditions for placing on the market and use of explosives precursors (hereinafter referred to as "the Regulation"), lays down the rights and obligations when making available and importing of explosives precursors (hereinafter referred to as "making available "), when possessing, using, and licencing2), registration3) and reporting4) thereof.

(2) This Act does not apply to substances and articles referred to in Article 2(2) of the Regulation.

Art. 2

Making available, possession and use of restricted explosives precursors

(1) Restricted explosives precursors shall be made available to, or possessed or used by members of the general public, only on the basis of

a)     the licencing regime according to Article 4(2) and Article 7 of the Regulation, or

b)     registration regime in the cases referred to in Article 4(3) of the Regulation.

(2) Restricted explosives precursors may be also offered through the Internet, if

a)     there are measures ensuring that they are acquired only by those members of the general public who are in possession of a valid licence if their making available is subject to the licencing regime, or

b)     there is a registration regime under Article 6(1)(c) of this Act if their making available is subject to the registration regime.

(3) Economic operator6), which allows making explosives precursors available via the Internet shall, prior to making them available, inform the member of the general public about the following

a)     making such goods available is prohibited without licence if their making available is subject to the licencing regime or

b)     making such goods available is subject to the registration regime if making them available is subject to the registration regime.

(4) The provisions of paragraphs 2 and 3 apply mutatis mutandis for making available by mail order.

(5) Restricted explosives precursors shall not be made available to members of the general public under the age of 18 years; these persons cannot be issued licence and no transaction may be registered in case of these persons.

Art. 3

Application for licence

The application for licence according to Article 4(2) and Article 7 of the Regulation (hereinafter referred to as "licence") shall be submitted by a member of the general public to the District Mining Authority. The application shall include apart from to the general requirements laid down by the Administrative Code

a)     the name or names of restricted explosives precursors for which the licence is applied,

b)     the purpose for which the restricted explosives precursors will be used, and

c)      the justification for the using of the desired restricted explosives precursor.

Art. 4

Decision on licence

(1) The District Mining Authority shall decide on issue of a licence. Prior to issuing the licence, the District Mining Authority requests the binding opinion from the Regional Directorate of the Police of the Czech Republic according to the place of residence of member of the general public applying for a licence. The Regional Directorate of the Police of the Czech Republic provides the District Mining Authority with its binding opinion without delay in terms of public order and safety with regard to the credibility of the applicant and the purpose of use of the restricted explosives precursors. If the Regional Directorate of the Police of the Czech Republic disagrees with the issuance of the licence, it justifies its opposition. No binding opinion received within 60 days after the request shall be deemed as consent with issuance of the licence. The District Mining Authority provides the Czech Mining Authority with its decision on the licence.

(2) The District Mining Authority shall reject the application in case of dissenting binding opinions of the Regional Directorate of the Police of the Czech Republic. Where the District Mining Authority decides to reject the application, it shall provide the Czech Mining Authority with its decision.

(3) The licence is valid for 3 years from its coming into force and is not transferable. In addition to the general requirements laid down by the Administrative Code, name or names of restricted explosives precursors and the purpose for which the restricted explosives precursors will be used or other conditions from the point of view of public order and safety shall be specified in the licence if the Regional Directorate of the Police of the Czech Republic specifies such conditions in its opinion.

(4) Holder of the license shall notify the District Mining Authority that issued the licence, without undue delay, but not later than within 60 days, of any substantial change in the facts under which the licence was issued.

Art. 5

Revocation of licences

(1) A licence expires in 3 years after its coming into force or after death of the holder.

(2) The District Mining Authority shall revoke a licence if

a)     the licence was granted on the basis of false information,

b)     holder of the licence has not complied with any of the conditions specified in the licence, or

c)      there has been a substantial change in any of the facts under which the licence was issued.

(3) Where the District Mining Authority decides to revoke a licence, it shall provide the Czech Mining Authority with this decision.

Art. 6

Obligations of economic operators and members of the general public

(1) Economic operator, which makes restricted explosives precursors available to members of the general public shall

a)     fulfil the obligations under Article 5 of the Regulation,

b)     verify, pursuant to Article 4(6) and (7) of the Regulation validity of the licence, with the exception of explosives precursors which are subject to registration regime,

c)      register the transactions referred to in Article 8 of the Regulation,

d)     make record of every supply of restricted explosives precursor to member of the general public subject to licence, including the licence number and the identity card number of that member of the general public; provisions of Article 8 shall apply mutatis mutandis, and

e)     issue the member of the general public certificate of registration of the transaction.

(2) Prior to acquisition of restricted explosives precursors, member of the general public is required to

a)     present to the economic operator his identification card and the licence, or

b)     allow the registration of transactions by providing data under Article 8(2) of the Regulation in case of restricted explosives precursors under Article 4(3) of the Regulation.

(3) Economic operator shall not supply product containing restricted explosives precursors to member of the general public in case that the member of the general public does not fulfil the obligation under paragraph 2.

(4) Economic operator that makes product containing restricted explosives precursor available on the Czech market shall notify the Czech Mining Authority of the corresponding new product type being available provided it contains restricted explosives precursors, including its chemical composition and its trade name.

(5) Economic operator, which makes substances or mixture of substances listed in the Annexes to the Regulation available on the market, shall immediately notify the Czech Mining Authority and the Police of the Czech Republic of

a)     suspicious transaction7) pursuant to Article 9(1) of the Regulation introduced or attempted,

b)     significant loss or theft of explosives precursors referred to in Article 9(4) of the Regulation.

(6) Economic operator shall make a record of each supply of restricted explosives precursors subject to licence on the reverse side of the licence.

(7) Member of the general public is required to retain a certificate of registration pursuant to paragraph 1(e) for 5 years.

Art. 7

Unmarked products

Any control authority that finds a packaging of a product containing restricted explosives precursors not bearing a warning clearly stating that sale of such a product is subject to either valid licence or registration, shall promptly notify the District Mining Authority of this finding.

Art. 8

Records of registered transactions

(1) The economic operator which makes restricted explosives precursors available to member of the general public is the administrator of the records of transaction registered under Article 6(1)(c) of this Act.

(2) The records referred to in paragraph 1 shall be private; the administrator shall protect the data and shall provide the Czech Trade Inspection Authority, bodies of the State Mining Administration, the Police of the Czech Republic and Intelligence Services with those data at their request.

(3) The Economic operator shall keep the records to the extent and in the manner provided in Article 8(2)-(4) of the Regulation.

Art. 9

Contact Point and information on explosives precursors

(1) The Czech Mining Authority is the contact point within the meaning of Article 9(2) of the Regulation, which the economic operator is required to submit information pursuant to Article 6(5) of this Act to.

(2) The Czech Mining Authority shall maintain a central register of information on explosives precursors. Data from the register shall not be available to public and shall contain information about

a)     suspicious transactions introduced and attempted,

b)     applications for licences that have been rejected,

c)      licences issued,

d)     decisions on revoking the licences, and

e)     significant loss or theft of explosives precursors listed in Annexes I and II of the Regulation.

(3) The Czech Mining Authority may provide other public authorities with the data referred to in paragraph 2 provided it is necessary for the purpose of fulfilling specific task while ensuring

a)     security of the Czech Republic,

b)     defence of the Czech Republic,

c)      public order and internal security, or

d)     the prevention, search, crime detection and prosecution of criminal offenses.

Art. 10

Performance of the State Administration

(1) State administration under this Act shall be executed by

a)     the District Mining Authorities,

b)     the Czech Mining Authority,

c)      the Czech Trade Inspection Authority.

(2) The District Mining Authorities

a)     decide to issue licences and to revoke thereof in cases specified by this Act,

b)     carry out checks on the basis of notifications pursuant to Article 7 of this Act.

(3) The Czech Mining Authority

a)     performs the tasks of the contact point, including maintaining register of suspicious transactions,

b)     performs the duties of the Member State towards the European Commission under the Regulation,

c)      processes and maintains a list of products containing restricted explosives precursors being available on the Czech market and publishes the list on its website,

d)     maintains a central register of information on explosives precursors.

(4) The Czech Trade Inspection Authority checks whether the economic operator

a)     verifies validity of licences prior to supply of restricted explosives precursors to member of the general public, if such products are subject to the licences,

b)     registers the transaction when supplying restricted explosives precursors pursuant to Article 4(3) of the Regulation,

c)      makes records of transactions when supplying restricted explosives precursors that are available to persons from the general public on the basis of a valid licence.

Art. 11

Offences

(1) A natural person as a person from the general public commits an offense by

a)     possessing or using explosives precursors subject to restrictions in the Czech Republic in contravention of Article 2(1) of this Act, or by not retaining an evidence of the registration in accordance with Article 6(7) of this Act,

b)     providing false information in an application for a licence under Article 3 of this Act, or by not notifying any substantial change in the facts under which the licence was issued under Article 4(4) of this Act,

c)      failing to comply with any of the conditions specified in the licence.

(2) The natural person who commits an offence shall be liable to a fine not exceeding CZK 50,000.

Art. 12

Offenses of legal persons and entrepreneurs

(1) A legal person or a natural person as an economic entity commits an offense by

a)     allowing access to explosives precursor subject to restrictions without valid licence or without registration, or by allowing person from the general public under the age of 18 access to explosives precursor subject to restrictions,

b)     not complying with the obligation under Article 5 of the Regulation contrary to Article 6(1)(a) of this Act,

c)      not verifying validity of licence in accordance with Article 4(6) and (7) of the Regulation contrary to Article 6(1)(b) of this Act, with the exception of supply of explosives precursors, which are subject to registration,

d)     not registering transaction contrary to Article 6(1)(c) or by not making record contrary to Article 8(3) of this Act and Article 8 of the Regulation or by making record incompletely,

e)     failing to keep record of supply of restricted explosives precursor to members of the general public subject to licence or by keeping incomplete record contrary to Article 6(1)(d) of this Act,

f)      failing to issue a certificate of registration of transaction contrary to Article 6(1)(e) of this Act,

g)     failing to notify the Czech Mining Authority of a new product type containing restricted explosives precursor made available on the Czech market, including its chemical composition and its trade name, contrary to Article 6(4) of this Act,

h)     failing to notify the contact point, without undue delay, of a suspicious transaction including attempted suspicious transaction referred to in Article 9(1) of the Regulation or of a significant loss or theft of explosives precursor referred to in Article 9(4) thereof contrary to Article 6(5) of this Act,

i)       failing to keep record of registered transaction referred to in Article 8(2)-(4) of the Regulation contrary to Article 8(3) of this Act or

j)      failing to provide the Czech Mining Authority with a list of the types of products that are on the market and contain restricted explosive precursors contrary to Article 14(2) of this Act.

(2) That legal person or that natural person as an economic entity who commits an offence shall be liable to a fine not exceeding CZK 100,000.

Art. 13

Common provisions on offenses

(1) Offenses under this Act shall be dealt with by the Czech Trade Inspection Authority, with the exception of the offenses pursuant to Article 12(1)(d), (f) and (h) of this Act, which shall be dealt with by the Czech Mining Authority, and with the exception of the offenses pursuant to Article 11 of this Act and the offenses pursuant to Article 12(1)(b) of this Act, which shall be dealt with by the District Mining Authorities.

(2) Fines are collected and enforced by the authority which levied them.

(3) If the competent authority has imposed forfeiture of explosives precursor as a result of committing an offence according to Article 11 and 12, that authority shall order disposal of the explosives precursors at the expenses of the offender.

Art. 14

Transitional provisions

(1) Possession and use of restricted explosives precursors by members of the general public, made available to such persons before the date of entry into force of this Act, is allowed until 2nd March 2016.

(2) The economic operator whose products containing restricted explosives precursors were presented on the market at the date of entry into force of this Act, shall provide the Czech Mining Authority with a list of types of those products, including their chemical composition and their trade name, not later than 31st January 2015.

PART TWO

AMENDMENT TO THE ACT ON ADMINISTRATIVE FEES

Art. 15

In section 1 item 60 of Annex to Act No. 634/2004 Coll., on administrative fees, as amended by the Act No. 148/2010 Coll., letter l) is inserted:

"l) licence for the handling of restricted explosives precursors CZK 300."

 

PART THREE

ENTRY INTO FORCE

Art. 16

This Act shall enter into force on 15th day after its publication.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1)     Regulation (EU) No 98/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 January 2013 on the marketing and use of explosives precursors.

2)     Art. 4(2) of the Regulation.

3)     Art. 4(3) of the Regulation.

4)     Art. 9(1) and (4) of the Regulation.

5)     Art. 3(7) of the Regulation.

6)     Art. 3(9) of the Regulation.

7)     Art. 3(8) of the Regulation.

 

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