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EU legislation under review to implement Minamata Convention on Mercury

31 Oct 2014

The Minamata Convention on Mercury, signed in October 2013, is a global treaty that aims to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of mercury.

The major highlights of the Minamata Convention include a ban on new mercury mines, the phasing out of existing ones, control measures on air emissions and the international regulation of the informal sector for artisanal and small-scale gold mining.

The European Commission is currently engaged in consultations and aims to propose the ratification of the Minamata Convention in 2015.

Whilst the Minamata Convention contains a number of measures that are already covered under existing EU legislation, certain additional measures will need to be included as part of this review.

In particular gaps have been identified in current EU legislation in the following areas:

Following a public consultation period, the European Commission will prepare its final report and hopes to implement the Minamata Convention early in 2015.

You can find out more about the Minamata Convention at

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