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Minister of Environment invited the EU to sign the Convention on mercury


During the Diplomatic Conference in Japan on 10-11th of October, 2013, the Republic of Lithuania’s Minister of Environment Valentinas Mazuronis and the European Commission’s Commissioner for Environment Janez Potočnik will sign the new international Minamata Convention on Mercury on the European Union’s behalf. The goal of the convention is to reduce mercury waste and its effects on people’s health and the environment. The minister will sign the convention on Lithuania’s behalf as well.

Negotiations for Minamata took four years. The European Union was not only the initiator of these negotiations, but an active participant as well.

The new Convention, whose goal is to ensure future generations‘ right to life in a sustainable environment without mercury, regulates the entire mercury lifecycle – from its mining, processing and use to the management of mercury waste and of mercury-tainted areas. The implementation of the convention will be useful both to the European Union‘s citizens and to the global community as well.

During the Diplomatic Conference in October, Lithuania, which currently holds the presidency of the European Union‘s Council, will seek the signatures of all 28 EU member states for the new Convention.

Minister of Environment V. Mazuronis, as the Chairman of the EU’s Environment Council, contacted the environmental ministers of all of the EU’s member states and encouraged them to participate in the upcoming Diplomatic Conference, which at that time was two weeks away, and sign the Minamata Convention on Mercury.

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Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas