Publication of the Regulation (EU) 2019/1021
- The POPs Convention and the POPs Protocol are implemented in the European Union through Regulation (EU) 2019/1021 (or "POPs Regulation") of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 June 2019 on persistent organic pollutants.
- Regulation (EU) 2019/1021 has been published as a recast of EC Regulation No 850/2004.
The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants enter into force
Publication of the Regulation EC No 850/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004 on persistent organic pollutants and amending Directive 79/117/EEC
Adoption of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants
- Treaty negotiated under the auspices of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
- Building on the 1998 Aarhus Protocol, the Stockholm Convention raised the profile of POPs to the global level.
Aarhus Protocol on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)
First meeting of the INC, Montreal, Canada
First meeting of the INC to:
- Develop an internationally legally binding instrument for implementing international action on POPs.
- Establish the Criteria Expert Group (CEG).
Expert group to develop criteria and a procedure for identifying additional POPs as candidates for future international action
The UNEP Governing Council in its decision 19/13C:
- Invited UNEP to prepare for and convene intergovernmental negotiating committee (INC), with a mandate to prepare an international legally binding instrument for implementing international action initially beginning with the 12 POPs.
- Requested that the INC establish an expert group to develop criteria and a procedure for identifying additional POPs as candidates for future international action.
Measures to reduce and/or eliminate the emissions or discharges from the 12 initial POPs
IFCS concluded that available information was sufficient to demonstrate that international action, including a global legally binding instrument, was required to minimize the risks from the 12 POPs through measures to reduce and/or eliminate their emissions or discharges.
An initial list of 12 POPs
The Governing Council of UNEP (UN Environment Programme) requested in its decision 18/32 that:
- An international assessment process be undertaken of an initial list of 12 POPs.
- The Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety (IFCS) develop recommendations on international action for consideration by UNEP Governing Council and World Health Assembly no later than 1997.