Member states and the European Commission are embroiled in a dispute over their negotiating powers at this week's talks on a global mercury treaty. The commission has said it will not take part in formal mercury negoatiations this week as a result.
The commission wants to be the sole negotiator, saying the new Lisbon treaty gives it full powers to represent the EU at international meetings, ENDS understands. The disagreement may delay mercury negotiations if it is not resolved quickly.
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