Mercury – Have your say on the EU implementation of the Minamata Convention

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Publication Date 19/08/2014
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The European Commission has launched an on-line consultation on issues related to the ratification and implementation by the European Union of the Minamata Convention on mercury. The Convention was signed in October 2013. At that time, it was the first international environmental agreement concluded in a decade. It is a global treaty that aims to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of mercury, and aims to phase out many of its current uses.

The EU signed the Minamata Convention and now intends to become a party to it. However, while the Convention largely contains measures similar to or identical to existing EU legislation, certain additional measures will be needed, and certain elements of EU legislation need to be amended accordingly. The consultation provides interested citizens, public authorities, businesses and NGOs with a concise and clear understanding of these elements and asks them for their views.

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