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The European Commission (EC) has drafted proposed recast of the Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Regulation.

According to the explanatory memorandum attached to the proposal of revision, the following are the main reasons/elements that had led to the proposal of recast:

  • In view of the procedural changes introduced by the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (the ‘Lisbon Treaty’), it is necessary to adapt the provisions of the POPs Regulation concerning comitology.
  • Involving the European Chemicals Agency (“the Agency”) in certain administrative, technical and scientific tasks necessary for the implementation of the Regulation and the Forum for Exchange of Information on Enforcement established by REACH Regulation.
  • Introducing certain technical amendments.
  • Update the Annexes of the POPs Regulation to comply with amendments to the Annexes of the Stockholm Convention.
  • Guaranteeing consistency with the requirements of Directive 2003/4/EC (the ‘INSPIRE Directive’).
  • Simplifying reporting and monitoring processes

Comments are accepted for the proposal until May 17, 2018.