(BEIJING, May 22) -- Beijing has taken numerous legislative measures under the legal framework of the state to ensure a faultless Olympics, an official said here on Thursday.
Since winning the right to host the 2008 Olympic Games seven years ago, Beijing has put at least 16 legislative or administrative regulations into force to benefit the public and serve Olympic-oriented purposes, Zhou Jidong, head of the Beijing Municipal Legal Affairs Office, said at a press conference at the Beijing Olympic Media Center.
The regulations address protection of the Olympic symbols, construction of accessible facilities, security of large-scale social functions, administration of radio frequencies, promotion of volunteer services, protection of Olympic intellectual property rights, food safety, traffic control, smoking, religion and other areas.
Specifically, the regulation on accessibility provides standards and requirements, timing and scope of construction and expansion or renovation of facilities. Meanwhile, food safety regulations fill in gaps in food safety administration, imposing a complete monitoring system on the food business chain, including farming, cultivation, production, circulation and consumption.
To enhance Beijing's emergency response capacity and guarantee a safe Olympics, the municipal government has asked the municipal legal authority to review and discuss the local government's draft methods for the implementation of China's Emergency Law, which went into effect on November 1, 2007, Zhou said.
In July 2007, Beijing's law-making body allowed the municipal government to take local administrative measures as needed for the sake of public security and order, providing a legal basis for ensuring efficient city operations for the Olympics.
So far, all matters that required attention through coordination by different state departments have been resolved. For instance, the civil aviation authority has mapped out an implementation plan for a special passage at the airport during the Olympics. The scheme has been rehearsed and tested through large-scale reception activities.
Headed by state agencies such as the State Environmental Protection Administration, a series of measures aimed at clean air for the Games have been formulated to limit or stop operations of heavily polluting businesses around Beijing, Zhou added.