Ordinance n°2011-91 dated 20 January 2011 regarding the codification of the legislative part of the Mining Code was published in the OJ on 25 January 2011.

The Ordinance, adopted pursuant to the law dated 12 May 2009 regarding the simplification and clarification of the law and the reduction of procedural requirements, aims to modernise and simplify the provisions governing mining operations while ensuring they are in harmony with the environment. It also aims to involve interested parties in the granting of mining titles. This new code will facilitate the exploitation of French underground resources.

The codification should be finalised before the end of 2011.