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2014/0358(NLE) Convention (1979) on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution: amendments to the 1998 Aarhus Protocol on persistent organic pollutants

Progress: Procedure completed, awaiting publication in Official Journal

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead ENVI LA VIA Giovanni (icon: PPE PPE) BONAFÈ Simona (icon: S&D S&D), HUITEMA Jan (icon: ALDE ALDE)
Lead committee dossier:
Legal Basis:
TFEU 192-p1, TFEU 218-p6a

Events

2016/04/21
   EP/CSL - Act adopted by Council after consultation of Parliament
2016/02/02
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2016/02/02
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The European Parliament adopted by 624 votes to 21, with 34 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the draft Council decision on the acceptance of the Amendments to the 1998 Protocol to the 1979 Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution on Persistent Organic Pollutants.

Following the recommendation from its Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, Parliament gave its consent to acceptance of the Amendments to the Protocol.

To recall, the 1979 Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution is intended to protect the human environment against air pollution.

The 1998 Aarhus Protocol on Persistent Organic Pollutants (the Protocol) aims to control, reduce or eliminate discharges, emissions and losses of POPs. It requires Parties to eliminate the production and use of relevant substances, restrict the use of dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT), hexachlorocyclohexanes (HCH) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and reduce their total annual emissions of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), dioxins/furans (PCDD/PCDF) and hexachlorobenzene (HCB) below their levels in 1990 or an alternative year between 1985 and 1995.

Documents
2016/01/07
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety adopted the report by Giovanni LA VIA (EPP, IT) on the draft Council decision on the acceptance of the Amendments to the 1998 Protocol to the 1979 Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution on Persistent Organic Pollutants.

The committee recommended the European Parliament to give its consent to acceptance of the Amendments to the Protocol.

To recall, the 1998 Aarhus Protocol on Persistent Organic Pollutants (the Protocol) aims to control, reduce or eliminate discharges, emissions and losses of POPs . It requires Parties to eliminate the production and use of relevant substances, restrict the use of dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT), hexachlorocyclohexanes (HCH) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and reduce their total annual emissions of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), dioxins/furans (PCDD/PCDF) and hexachlorobenzene (HCB) below their levels in 1990 or an alternative year between 1985 and 1995.

The accession of the Community to the Protocol was approved on behalf of the Community by Council Decision 2004/259/EC. The Protocol, which entered into force on 23 October 2003, has been transposed into EU law through several instruments.

In December 2009, the Protocol was amended by Decisions 2009/1, 2009/2, 2009/3 and 2009/4 . The amended Protocol includes seven new substances, updates implementation requirements for several substances, updates restrictions for PCDD/PCDF emissions from several sources, and adds PCBs to the list of substances affected by the total annual emission restrictions and reporting obligations.

As set out in the short justification to the recommendation, the draft Council Decision lists the texts of the amendments to the Protocol via Decisions 2009/1 and 2009/2 in its Annexes . The amendments are fully consistent with existing EU legislation. Specific exemptions and flexible transition timetables for economies in transition should allow all Parties to comply with the Protocol.

The ratification of the amendments will be an important step towards a higher level of protection of human health and the environment from transboundary air pollution. Members therefore welcomed the draft Council Decision and proposed that Parliament gives its consent.

Documents
2015/12/22
   EP - Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
2015/11/25
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2015/06/24
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
2015/06/02
   EC - Legislative proposal published
Details

PURPOSE: to approve, on behalf of the European Union, the Amendments to the 1998 Protocol to the 1979 Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution on Persistent Organic Pollutants.

PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: Council may adopt the act only if Parliament has given its consent to the act.

BACKGROUND: the Union is a Party to the UNECE Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution following its approval in 1981 . The Convention is the main international legal framework for cooperation and measures to limit and gradually reduce and prevent air pollution and its adverse effects upon human health and the environment in the UNECE region.

To date, the Convention has been extended by eight Protocols, including the 1998 Aarhus Protocol on Persistent Organic Pollutants which aims to control, reduce or eliminate discharges, emissions and losses of persistent organic pollutants (POPs). The Union is a Party to the 1998 Protocol following its approval on 19 February 2004.

The Parties present at the 27th session of the Executive Body of the UNECE Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution adopted by consensus Decisions 2009/1, 2009/2, 2009/3 and 2009/4 amending the Protocol to the Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution on Persistent Organic Pollutants.

Decision 2009/3 entered into force and has become effective. Decision 2009/4, as a Decision aimed at adopting a guidance document on best available techniques to control emissions of persistent organic pollutants, does not require ratification. On the other hand, Decisions 2009/1 and 2009/2 require ratification by the Parties to the Protocol.

The Union has already adopted instruments on matters covered by the amendments to the Protocol, including Regulation (EC) No 850/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council.

The amendments to the Protocol set out in Decisions 2009/1 and 2009/2 should therefore be accepted on behalf of the Union.

CONTENT: the Council is invited to accept, on behalf of the European Union , the amendments to the Protocol to the Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution on Persistent Organic Pollutants.

In particular, Decisions 2009/1 and 2009/2 , which amend the text of the Protocol and its Annexes have to be ratified by the Parties. The amended Protocol includes:

new substances (hexachlorobutadiene, tetra-, penta-, hexa- and heptabromodiphenyl ethers, pentachlorobenzene, perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), polychlorinated naphthalenes and short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCP)), updates the implementation requirements applicable to DDT, heptachlor, hexachlorobenzene and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and the emission limit values (ELVs) applicable to PCDD/PCDF emissions from certain waste incinerators, establishes new ELVs for PCDD/PCDF emissions from sinterplants and electric arc furnaces, adds PCBs to the list of substances the annual emissions of which must remain below the emission level of the reference year and must be reported.

The amended Protocol provides also some flexibility for Parties with an economy in transition that accede to the amended Protocol regarding the timeframes for the application of the ELVs and of the best available techniques (BAT) and the choice of the reference year as the basis upon which Parties must reduce their total annual emissions of PCDD/PCDF, PAHs, hexachlorobenzene (HCB) and PCBs.

Documents
2015/03/31
   PT_PARLIAMENT - Contribution
Documents
2015/01/27
   EP - Responsible Committee
2015/01/09
   EC - Initial legislative proposal published
Details

PURPOSE: to approve, on behalf of the European Union, the Amendments to the 1998 Protocol to the 1979 Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution on Persistent Organic Pollutants.

PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: Council may adopt the act only if Parliament has given its consent to the act.

BACKGROUND: the Union is a Party to the UNECE Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution following its approval in 1981 . The Convention is the main international legal framework for cooperation and measures to limit and gradually reduce and prevent air pollution and its adverse effects upon human health and the environment in the UNECE region.

To date, the Convention has been extended by eight Protocols, including the 1998 Aarhus Protocol on Persistent Organic Pollutants which aims to control, reduce or eliminate discharges, emissions and losses of persistent organic pollutants (POPs). The Union is a Party to the 1998 Protocol following its approval on 19 February 2004.

The Parties present at the 27th session of the Executive Body of the UNECE Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution adopted by consensus Decisions 2009/1, 2009/2, 2009/3 and 2009/4 amending the Protocol to the Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution on Persistent Organic Pollutants.

Decision 2009/3 entered into force and has become effective. Decision 2009/4, as a Decision aimed at adopting a guidance document on best available techniques to control emissions of persistent organic pollutants, does not require ratification. On the other hand, Decisions 2009/1 and 2009/2 require ratification by the Parties to the Protocol.

CONTENT: the Commission proposes that the Council approve, on behalf of the European Union, the amendments to the Protocol to the Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution on Persistent Organic Pollutants.

In particular, Decisions 2009/1 and 2009/2 , which amend the text of the Protocol and its Annexes have to be ratified by the Parties. The amended Protocol includes:

new substances (hexachlorobutadiene, tetra-, penta-, hexa- and heptabromodiphenyl ethers, pentachlorobenzene, perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), polychlorinated naphthalenes and short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCP)), updates the implementation requirements applicable to DDT, heptachlor, hexachlorobenzene and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and the emission limit values (ELVs) applicable to PCDD/PCDF emissions from certain waste incinerators, establishes new ELVs for PCDD/PCDF emissions from sinterplants and electric arc furnaces, adds PCBs to the list of substances the annual emissions of which must remain below the emission level of the reference year and must be reported.

The amended Protocol provides also some flexibility for Parties with an economy in transition that accede to the amended Protocol regarding the timeframes for the application of the ELVs and of the best available techniques (BAT) and the choice of the reference year as the basis upon which Parties must reduce their total annual emissions of PCDD/PCDF, PAHs, hexachlorobenzene (HCB) and PCBs.

Documents

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Votes

A8-0001/2016 - Giovanni La Via - approbation

2016/02/02 Outcome: +: 624, 0: 34, -: 21
DE IT PL ES GB FR RO BE NL PT EL HU BG CZ SE AT DK FI SK LT HR SI LV LU IE EE MT CY
Total
88
63
51
45
62
69
31
20
24
18
19
18
17
18
19
17
13
12
12
10
10
8
7
6
6
6
5
4
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Denmark PPE

For (1)

1

Finland PPE

2
2

Luxembourg PPE

3

Ireland PPE

2

Estonia PPE

For (1)

1

Cyprus PPE

1
icon: S&D S&D
171

Belgium S&D

3

Netherlands S&D

3

Croatia S&D

2

Slovenia S&D

For (1)

1

Latvia S&D

1

Luxembourg S&D

For (1)

1

Ireland S&D

For (1)

1

Estonia S&D

For (1)

1

Malta S&D

3

Cyprus S&D

1
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66

Italy ECR

2

Romania ECR

For (1)

1

Netherlands ECR

2

Greece ECR

For (1)

1

Bulgaria ECR

2

Czechia ECR

2
2

Croatia ECR

For (1)

1

Latvia ECR

For (1)

1
icon: ALDE ALDE
64

United Kingdom ALDE

1

Romania ALDE

3

Austria ALDE

For (1)

1

Denmark ALDE

3

Croatia ALDE

2

Slovenia ALDE

For (1)

1

Latvia ALDE

1

Luxembourg ALDE

For (1)

1

Ireland ALDE

For (1)

1

Estonia ALDE

3
icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE
44

United Kingdom Verts/ALE

5

Belgium Verts/ALE

2

Netherlands Verts/ALE

2

Hungary Verts/ALE

2

Sweden Verts/ALE

3

Austria Verts/ALE

2

Denmark Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Finland Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Lithuania Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Croatia Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Slovenia Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

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42

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For (1)

1

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For (1)

1

Finland GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Ireland GUE/NGL

2

Cyprus GUE/NGL

2
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Poland EFDD

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1
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11

Germany NI

2

Poland NI

1

United Kingdom NI

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Hungary NI

For (1)

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2

United Kingdom ENF

Abstain (1)

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Romania ENF

Abstain (1)

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Abstain (1)

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      • PURPOSE: to approve, on behalf of the European Union, the Amendments to the 1998 Protocol to the 1979 Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution on Persistent Organic Pollutants.

        PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

        ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: Council may adopt the act only if Parliament has given its consent to the act.

        BACKGROUND: the Union is a Party to the UNECE Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution following its approval in 1981. The Convention is the main international legal framework for cooperation and measures to limit and gradually reduce and prevent air pollution and its adverse effects upon human health and the environment in the UNECE region.

        To date, the Convention has been extended by eight Protocols, including the 1998 Aarhus Protocol on Persistent Organic Pollutants which aims to control, reduce or eliminate discharges, emissions and losses of persistent organic pollutants (POPs). The Union is a Party to the 1998 Protocol following its approval on 19 February 2004.

        The Parties present at the 27th session of the Executive Body of the UNECE Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution adopted by consensus Decisions 2009/1, 2009/2, 2009/3 and 2009/4 amending the Protocol to the Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution on Persistent Organic Pollutants.

        Decision 2009/3 entered into force and has become effective. Decision 2009/4, as a Decision aimed at adopting a guidance document on best available techniques to control emissions of persistent organic pollutants, does not require ratification. On the other hand, Decisions 2009/1 and 2009/2 require ratification by the Parties to the Protocol.

        CONTENT: the Commission proposes that the Council approve, on behalf of the European Union, the amendments to the Protocol to the Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution on Persistent Organic Pollutants.

        In particular, Decisions 2009/1 and 2009/2, which amend the text of the Protocol and its Annexes have to be ratified by the Parties. The amended Protocol includes:

        • new substances (hexachlorobutadiene, tetra-, penta-, hexa- and heptabromodiphenyl ethers, pentachlorobenzene, perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), polychlorinated naphthalenes and short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCP)),
        • updates the implementation requirements applicable to DDT, heptachlor, hexachlorobenzene and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and the emission limit values (ELVs) applicable to PCDD/PCDF emissions from certain waste incinerators,
        • establishes new ELVs for PCDD/PCDF emissions from sinterplants and electric arc furnaces,
        • adds PCBs to the list of substances the annual emissions of which must remain below the emission level of the reference year and must be reported.

        The amended Protocol provides also some flexibility for Parties with an economy in transition that accede to the amended Protocol regarding the timeframes for the application of the ELVs and of the best available techniques (BAT) and the choice of the reference year as the basis upon which Parties must reduce their total annual emissions of PCDD/PCDF, PAHs, hexachlorobenzene (HCB) and PCBs.

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      • PURPOSE: to approve, on behalf of the European Union, the Amendments to the 1998 Protocol to the 1979 Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution on Persistent Organic Pollutants.

        PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

        ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: Council may adopt the act only if Parliament has given its consent to the act.

        BACKGROUND: the Union is a Party to the UNECE Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution following its approval in 1981. The Convention is the main international legal framework for cooperation and measures to limit and gradually reduce and prevent air pollution and its adverse effects upon human health and the environment in the UNECE region.

        To date, the Convention has been extended by eight Protocols, including the 1998 Aarhus Protocol on Persistent Organic Pollutants which aims to control, reduce or eliminate discharges, emissions and losses of persistent organic pollutants (POPs). The Union is a Party to the 1998 Protocol following its approval on 19 February 2004.

        The Parties present at the 27th session of the Executive Body of the UNECE Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution adopted by consensus Decisions 2009/1, 2009/2, 2009/3 and 2009/4 amending the Protocol to the Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution on Persistent Organic Pollutants.

        Decision 2009/3 entered into force and has become effective. Decision 2009/4, as a Decision aimed at adopting a guidance document on best available techniques to control emissions of persistent organic pollutants, does not require ratification. On the other hand, Decisions 2009/1 and 2009/2 require ratification by the Parties to the Protocol.

        The Union has already adopted instruments on matters covered by the amendments to the Protocol, including Regulation (EC) No 850/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council.

        The amendments to the Protocol set out in Decisions 2009/1 and 2009/2 should therefore be accepted on behalf of the Union.

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        In particular, Decisions 2009/1 and 2009/2, which amend the text of the Protocol and its Annexes have to be ratified by the Parties. The amended Protocol includes:

        • new substances (hexachlorobutadiene, tetra-, penta-, hexa- and heptabromodiphenyl ethers, pentachlorobenzene, perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), polychlorinated naphthalenes and short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCP)),
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        • adds PCBs to the list of substances the annual emissions of which must remain below the emission level of the reference year and must be reported.

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      • The Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety adopted the report by Giovanni LA VIA (EPP, IT) on the draft Council decision on the acceptance of the Amendments to the 1998 Protocol to the 1979 Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution on Persistent Organic Pollutants.

        The committee recommended the European Parliament to give its consent to acceptance of the Amendments to the Protocol.

        To recall, the 1998 Aarhus Protocol on Persistent Organic Pollutants (the Protocol) aims to control, reduce or eliminate discharges, emissions and losses of POPs. It requires Parties to eliminate the production and use of relevant substances, restrict the use of dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT), hexachlorocyclohexanes (HCH) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and reduce their total annual emissions of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), dioxins/furans (PCDD/PCDF) and hexachlorobenzene (HCB) below their levels in 1990 or an alternative year between 1985 and 1995.

        The accession of the Community to the Protocol was approved on behalf of the Community by Council Decision 2004/259/EC. The Protocol, which entered into force on 23 October 2003, has been transposed into EU law through several instruments.

        In December 2009, the Protocol was amended by Decisions 2009/1, 2009/2, 2009/3 and 2009/4. The amended Protocol includes seven new substances, updates implementation requirements for several substances, updates restrictions for PCDD/PCDF emissions from several sources, and adds PCBs to the list of substances affected by the total annual emission restrictions and reporting obligations.

        As set out in the short justification to the recommendation, the draft Council Decision lists the texts of the amendments to the Protocol via Decisions 2009/1 and 2009/2 in its Annexes. The amendments are fully consistent with existing EU legislation. Specific exemptions and flexible transition timetables for economies in transition should allow all Parties to comply with the Protocol.

        The ratification of the amendments will be an important step towards a higher level of protection of human health and the environment from transboundary air pollution. Members therefore welcomed the draft Council Decision and proposed that Parliament gives its consent.

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  • The European Parliament adopted by 624 votes to 21, with 34 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the draft Council decision on the acceptance of the Amendments to the 1998 Protocol to the 1979 Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution on Persistent Organic Pollutants.

    Following the recommendation from its Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, Parliament gave its consent to acceptance of the Amendments to the Protocol.

    To recall, the 1979 Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution is intended to protect the human environment against air pollution.

    The 1998 Aarhus Protocol on Persistent Organic Pollutants (the Protocol) aims to control, reduce or eliminate discharges, emissions and losses of POPs. It requires Parties to eliminate the production and use of relevant substances, restrict the use of dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT), hexachlorocyclohexanes (HCH) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and reduce their total annual emissions of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), dioxins/furans (PCDD/PCDF) and hexachlorobenzene (HCB) below their levels in 1990 or an alternative year between 1985 and 1995.

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  • The Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety adopted the report by Giovanni LA VIA (EPP, IT) on the draft Council decision on the acceptance of the Amendments to the 1998 Protocol to the 1979 Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution on Persistent Organic Pollutants.

    The committee recommended the European Parliament to give its consent to acceptance of the Amendments to the Protocol.

    To recall, the 1998 Aarhus Protocol on Persistent Organic Pollutants (the Protocol) aims to control, reduce or eliminate discharges, emissions and losses of POPs. It requires Parties to eliminate the production and use of relevant substances, restrict the use of dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT), hexachlorocyclohexanes (HCH) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and reduce their total annual emissions of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), dioxins/furans (PCDD/PCDF) and hexachlorobenzene (HCB) below their levels in 1990 or an alternative year between 1985 and 1995.

    The accession of the Community to the Protocol was approved on behalf of the Community by Council Decision 2004/259/EC. The Protocol, which entered into force on 23 October 2003, has been transposed into EU law through several instruments.

    In December 2009, the Protocol was amended by Decisions 2009/1, 2009/2, 2009/3 and 2009/4. The amended Protocol includes seven new substances, updates implementation requirements for several substances, updates restrictions for PCDD/PCDF emissions from several sources, and adds PCBs to the list of substances affected by the total annual emission restrictions and reporting obligations.

    As set out in the short justification to the recommendation, the draft Council Decision lists the texts of the amendments to the Protocol via Decisions 2009/1 and 2009/2 in its Annexes. The amendments are fully consistent with existing EU legislation. Specific exemptions and flexible transition timetables for economies in transition should allow all Parties to comply with the Protocol.

    The ratification of the amendments will be an important step towards a higher level of protection of human health and the environment from transboundary air pollution. Members therefore welcomed the draft Council Decision and proposed that Parliament gives its consent.

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  • PURPOSE: to approve, on behalf of the European Union, the Amendments to the 1998 Protocol to the 1979 Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution on Persistent Organic Pollutants.

    PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

    ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: Council may adopt the act only if Parliament has given its consent to the act.

    BACKGROUND: the Union is a Party to the UNECE Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution following its approval in 1981. The Convention is the main international legal framework for cooperation and measures to limit and gradually reduce and prevent air pollution and its adverse effects upon human health and the environment in the UNECE region.

    To date, the Convention has been extended by eight Protocols, including the 1998 Aarhus Protocol on Persistent Organic Pollutants which aims to control, reduce or eliminate discharges, emissions and losses of persistent organic pollutants (POPs). The Union is a Party to the 1998 Protocol following its approval on 19 February 2004.

    The Parties present at the 27th session of the Executive Body of the UNECE Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution adopted by consensus Decisions 2009/1, 2009/2, 2009/3 and 2009/4 amending the Protocol to the Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution on Persistent Organic Pollutants.

    Decision 2009/3 entered into force and has become effective. Decision 2009/4, as a Decision aimed at adopting a guidance document on best available techniques to control emissions of persistent organic pollutants, does not require ratification. On the other hand, Decisions 2009/1 and 2009/2 require ratification by the Parties to the Protocol.

    The Union has already adopted instruments on matters covered by the amendments to the Protocol, including Regulation (EC) No 850/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council.

    The amendments to the Protocol set out in Decisions 2009/1 and 2009/2 should therefore be accepted on behalf of the Union.

    CONTENT: the Council is invited to accept, on behalf of the European Union, the amendments to the Protocol to the Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution on Persistent Organic Pollutants.

    In particular, Decisions 2009/1 and 2009/2, which amend the text of the Protocol and its Annexes have to be ratified by the Parties. The amended Protocol includes:

    • new substances (hexachlorobutadiene, tetra-, penta-, hexa- and heptabromodiphenyl ethers, pentachlorobenzene, perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), polychlorinated naphthalenes and short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCP)),
    • updates the implementation requirements applicable to DDT, heptachlor, hexachlorobenzene and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and the emission limit values (ELVs) applicable to PCDD/PCDF emissions from certain waste incinerators,
    • establishes new ELVs for PCDD/PCDF emissions from sinterplants and electric arc furnaces,
    • adds PCBs to the list of substances the annual emissions of which must remain below the emission level of the reference year and must be reported.

    The amended Protocol provides also some flexibility for Parties with an economy in transition that accede to the amended Protocol regarding the timeframes for the application of the ELVs and of the best available techniques (BAT) and the choice of the reference year as the basis upon which Parties must reduce their total annual emissions of PCDD/PCDF, PAHs, hexachlorobenzene (HCB) and PCBs.

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  • PURPOSE: to approve, on behalf of the European Union, the Amendments to the 1998 Protocol to the 1979 Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution on Persistent Organic Pollutants.

    PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

    ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: Council may adopt the act only if Parliament has given its consent to the act.

    BACKGROUND: the Union is a Party to the UNECE Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution following its approval in 1981. The Convention is the main international legal framework for cooperation and measures to limit and gradually reduce and prevent air pollution and its adverse effects upon human health and the environment in the UNECE region.

    To date, the Convention has been extended by eight Protocols, including the 1998 Aarhus Protocol on Persistent Organic Pollutants which aims to control, reduce or eliminate discharges, emissions and losses of persistent organic pollutants (POPs). The Union is a Party to the 1998 Protocol following its approval on 19 February 2004.

    The Parties present at the 27th session of the Executive Body of the UNECE Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution adopted by consensus Decisions 2009/1, 2009/2, 2009/3 and 2009/4 amending the Protocol to the Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution on Persistent Organic Pollutants.

    Decision 2009/3 entered into force and has become effective. Decision 2009/4, as a Decision aimed at adopting a guidance document on best available techniques to control emissions of persistent organic pollutants, does not require ratification. On the other hand, Decisions 2009/1 and 2009/2 require ratification by the Parties to the Protocol.

    CONTENT: the Commission proposes that the Council approve, on behalf of the European Union, the amendments to the Protocol to the Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution on Persistent Organic Pollutants.

    In particular, Decisions 2009/1 and 2009/2, which amend the text of the Protocol and its Annexes have to be ratified by the Parties. The amended Protocol includes:

    • new substances (hexachlorobutadiene, tetra-, penta-, hexa- and heptabromodiphenyl ethers, pentachlorobenzene, perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), polychlorinated naphthalenes and short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCP)),
    • updates the implementation requirements applicable to DDT, heptachlor, hexachlorobenzene and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and the emission limit values (ELVs) applicable to PCDD/PCDF emissions from certain waste incinerators,
    • establishes new ELVs for PCDD/PCDF emissions from sinterplants and electric arc furnaces,
    • adds PCBs to the list of substances the annual emissions of which must remain below the emission level of the reference year and must be reported.

    The amended Protocol provides also some flexibility for Parties with an economy in transition that accede to the amended Protocol regarding the timeframes for the application of the ELVs and of the best available techniques (BAT) and the choice of the reference year as the basis upon which Parties must reduce their total annual emissions of PCDD/PCDF, PAHs, hexachlorobenzene (HCB) and PCBs.

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  • PURPOSE: to approve, on behalf of the European Union, the Amendments to the 1998 Protocol to the 1979 Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution on Persistent Organic Pollutants.

    PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

    ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: Council may adopt the act only if Parliament has given its consent to the act. 

    BACKGROUND: the Union is a Party to the UNECE Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution following its approval in 1981. The Convention is the main international legal framework for cooperation and measures to limit and gradually reduce and prevent air pollution and its adverse effects upon human health and the environment in the UNECE region.

    To date, the Convention has been extended by eight Protocols, including the 1998 Aarhus Protocol on Persistent Organic Pollutants which aims to control, reduce or eliminate discharges, emissions and losses of persistent organic pollutants (POPs). The Union is a Party to the 1998 Protocol following its approval on 19 February 2004.

    The Parties present at the 27th session of the Executive Body of the UNECE Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution adopted by consensus Decisions 2009/1, 2009/2, 2009/3 and 2009/4 amending the Protocol to the Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution on Persistent Organic Pollutants.

    Decision 2009/3 entered into force and has become effective. Decision 2009/4, as a Decision aimed at adopting a guidance document on best available techniques to control emissions of persistent organic pollutants, does not require ratification. On the other hand, Decisions 2009/1 and 2009/2 require ratification by the Parties to the Protocol.

    CONTENT: the Commission proposes that the Council approve, on behalf of the European Union, the amendments to the Protocol to the Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution on Persistent Organic Pollutants.

    In particular, Decisions 2009/1 and 2009/2, which amend the text of the Protocol and its Annexes have to be ratified by the Parties. The amended Protocol includes:

    • new substances (hexachlorobutadiene, tetra-, penta-, hexa- and heptabromodiphenyl ethers, pentachlorobenzene, perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), polychlorinated naphthalenes and short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCP)),
    • updates the implementation requirements applicable to DDT, heptachlor, hexachlorobenzene and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and the emission limit values (ELVs) applicable to PCDD/PCDF emissions from certain waste incinerators,
    • establishes new ELVs for PCDD/PCDF emissions from sinterplants and electric arc furnaces,
    • adds PCBs to the list of substances the annual emissions of which must remain below the emission level of the reference year and must be reported.

    The amended Protocol provides also some flexibility for Parties with an economy in transition that accede to the amended Protocol regarding the timeframes for the application of the ELVs and of the best available techniques (BAT) and the choice of the reference year as the basis upon which Parties must reduce their total annual emissions of PCDD/PCDF, PAHs, hexachlorobenzene (HCB) and PCBs.

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  • PURPOSE: to approve, on behalf of the European Union, the Amendments to the 1998 Protocol to the 1979 Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution on Persistent Organic Pollutants.

    PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

    ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: Council may adopt the act only if Parliament has given its consent to the act. 

    BACKGROUND: the Union is a Party to the UNECE Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution following its approval in 1981. The Convention is the main international legal framework for cooperation and measures to limit and gradually reduce and prevent air pollution and its adverse effects upon human health and the environment in the UNECE region.

    To date, the Convention has been extended by eight Protocols, including the 1998 Aarhus Protocol on Persistent Organic Pollutants which aims to control, reduce or eliminate discharges, emissions and losses of persistent organic pollutants (POPs). The Union is a Party to the 1998 Protocol following its approval on 19 February 2004.

    The Parties present at the 27th session of the Executive Body of the UNECE Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution adopted by consensus Decisions 2009/1, 2009/2, 2009/3 and 2009/4 amending the Protocol to the Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution on Persistent Organic Pollutants.

    Decision 2009/3 entered into force and has become effective. Decision 2009/4, as a Decision aimed at adopting a guidance document on best available techniques to control emissions of persistent organic pollutants, does not require ratification. On the other hand, Decisions 2009/1 and 2009/2 require ratification by the Parties to the Protocol.

    CONTENT: the Commission proposes that the Council approve, on behalf of the European Union, the amendments to the Protocol to the Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution on Persistent Organic Pollutants.

    In particular, Decisions 2009/1 and 2009/2, which amend the text of the Protocol and its Annexes have to be ratified by the Parties. The amended Protocol includes:

    • new substances (hexachlorobutadiene, tetra-, penta-, hexa- and heptabromodiphenyl ethers, pentachlorobenzene, perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), polychlorinated naphthalenes and short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCP)),
    • updates the implementation requirements applicable to DDT, heptachlor, hexachlorobenzene and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and the emission limit values (ELVs) applicable to PCDD/PCDF emissions from certain waste incinerators,
    • establishes new ELVs for PCDD/PCDF emissions from sinterplants and electric arc furnaces,
    • adds PCBs to the list of substances the annual emissions of which must remain below the emission level of the reference year and must be reported.

    The amended Protocol provides also some flexibility for Parties with an economy in transition that accede to the amended Protocol regarding the timeframes for the application of the ELVs and of the best available techniques (BAT) and the choice of the reference year as the basis upon which Parties must reduce their total annual emissions of PCDD/PCDF, PAHs, hexachlorobenzene (HCB) and PCBs.

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