Written by Didier Bourguignon (5th edition),
The United Nations’ Minamata Convention on mercury was agreed in 2013 with a view to protecting human health and the environment from the adverse effects of mercury. Although mercury use has declined significantly in recent decades, mercury released into the air, water and land remains a serious threat to human health and the environment.
Current EU policy bans exports of mercury, provides for the storage of mercury waste, restricts the use of mercury in various products and seeks to address pollution caused by it. However, there are some regulatory gaps between EU legislation and the Minamata Convention. The European Commission has recently submitted a legislative proposal aiming to align this legislation with the Convention in view of its ratification.
On 14 December 2016, Commission, Council and Parliament reached agreement in interinstitutional trilogue negotiations. The agreement, endorsed by Coreper on 16 December 2016 and by the ENVI Committee on 12 January 2017, is expected to be submitted for a first-reading vote in the March II plenary.
- January 2017: Mercury: Aligning EU legislation with Minamata (5th edition)
- November 2016: Mercury: Aligning EU legislation with Minamata (4th edition)
- October 2016: Mercury: Aligning EU legislation with Minamata (3rd edition)
- July 2016: Mercury Aligning EU legislation with Minamata (2nd edition)
- March 2016: Mercury Aligning EU legislation with Minamata (1st Edition)
|Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on mercury, and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1102/2008|
|Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI)
Stefan Eck (GUE/NGL, Germany)
COM(2015) 39 of 02.02.2016
Ordinary legislative procedure
|Next steps expected:||Adoption in plenary|