Proposal for a Decision on the position to be taken at the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for certain hazardous chemicals and pesticides in international trade

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Series Details COM (2019) 54
Publication Date 06/02/2019
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Proposal presented on 6 February 2019 by the European Commission establishing the position to be adopted on behalf of the Union in connection with the adoption of amendments to Annex III to the Rotterdam Convention.

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The Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade aims to promote shared responsibility and cooperative efforts among Parties in the international trade of hazardous chemicals, in order to protect human health and the environment, and contribute to the environmentally sound use of those chemicals.

The Convention creates legally binding obligations for the implementation of the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) procedure, and protects countries, particularly developing countries, from unwanted imports of chemicals by imposing export obligations on exporting Parties.

The Conference of the Parties is the governing body of the Rotterdam Convention. This body normally meets every two years to monitor the implementation of the Convention. It also reviews chemicals brought forward for its consideration by the Chemical Review Committee.

At the ninth ordinary meeting, which takes place from 29 April to 10 May 2019, the Conference of the Parties will consider the adoption of decisions to list further chemicals in Annex III to the Convention. The listing in Annex III has the effect that the chemicals will be subject to the prior informed consent procedure under the Convention when traded internationally.

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