MEP calls for flexibility over POPs controls

Rapporteur says international pollution treaties must be adopted on environment legal base

EU member states must have the right to impose stronger restrictions on the most harmful organic pollutants than those agreed in two international agreements, according to the European parliament's rapporteur on the treaties.

The agreements are the 2001 Stockholm convention and the 1998 Unece protocol, which require an end to emissions of named persistent organic pollutants (POPs) at global and European level respectively. The EU is in the process of adopting them following proposals from the European Commission (EED 16/06/03).

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