Proposal for a COUNCIL DECISION on the position to be adopted, on behalf of the European Union, at the Eighth Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants regarding the proposals for amendments of Annexes A and C
The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) is intended to protect human health and the environment from the harmful impacts of POPs. The use and production of chemicals listed in the Annexes to the Convention is controlled, with different levels of restriction depending on which Annex to the Convention a chemical is listed in. The rules for including chemicals in the Annexes are set out in Article 8 of the Convention. The Eighth Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention (COP8) will take place in Geneva from the 24th of April to the 5th of May, 2017. At COP8, three decisions will likely be taken to add decabromodiphenyl ether (commercial mixture, c-decaBDE) and short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs) to Annex A (elimination) and hexachlorobutadiene (HBCD) to Annex C (unintentional production). Hexachlorobutadeine is already listed in Annex A and is considered for listing in Annex C as well, based on the recommendation from the Persistent Organic Pollutants Reviews Committee (POPRC).