EU to ratify international Minamata Convention protecting citizens from mercury pollution
EU News 37/2016
Brussels, 2 February 2016
Today, the Commission adopted proposals setting in motion the ratification by the EU of the Minamata Convention on Mercury. This is a key step in better protecting EU citizens from mercury pollution. Mercury can travel long distances in the air, thus international action is necessary to protecting people. 40 to 80 % of mercury encountered in the EU derives from global pollution. When released to the environment mercury enters the food chain where it accumulates mainly in fish. The package proposed today covers a limited number of changes to EU mercury legislation, including a prohibition of any new use of mercury in products and industry in the EU, unless such use is needed for the protection of health and the environment.
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