EC makes case for negotiating mercury treaty

The European Commission has issued a recommendation to member states making the case for why it should negotiate on behalf of member states as part of ongoing global mercury talks for matters falling under EU competency.

The commission did not take part in the first session of talks in June because of a disagreement with member states over whether the Lisbon treaty allows it to represent the EU at international meetings. The recommendation specifies what areas it should deal with and outlines the legal basis on which it is allowed to negotiate.

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