Report and working document on persistent organic pollutants implementation published
The Commission has just published aand a on the review and update of the second European Union Implementation Plan of the on persistent organic pollutants (POPs).
The review and update of the second implementation plan has been done to take into account the inclusion of a number of new persistent organic pollutants into the Stockholm Convention, and the technical and legislative progress made in this area.
This plan aims to:
- review the existing Union level measures related to POPs;
- assess their efficiency and sufficiency in meeting the obligations of the Stockholm Convention;
- identify needs for further Union level measures;
- establish a plan for implementing the further measures;
- identify and strengthen links and potential synergies between POPs management and other environmental policies and other policy fields; and
- increase awareness on POPs and their control measures.
The report also reminds that even if a significant progress towards the elimination of POPs has been achieved, a main challenge for the EU is to eliminate POPs from the waste cycle and remaining stockpiles as these still present a major emission source. The release of POPs due to unintentional production also remains one of the most important issues to be tackled in the EU.