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EU regulation on POPs enters into force

EU rules targeting the production, marketing and use of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) entered force last month following publication in the bloc's official journal. MEPs and ministers agreed on the text earlier this year (EED 27/02/04). The new regulation amends a 1979 directive prohibiting the marketing and use of certain substances. It aims to implement a 1998 protocol to a convention on transboundary air pollution, and the 2001 Stockholm convention on POPs. The latter came into force last month (EED 18/05/04). See European Commission's POPs pages and the POPs regulation (no. 850/2004).

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