Summary of the session
At the invitation of the Chairman of the Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention, Mr. Jerzy Jendroska (Poland), the meeting was chaired by Mr. Denys Gauer (France), Ambassador Delegate for the Environment.
Mr. Karel Blaha (Czech Republic), Chair of the Working Group on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTRs), presented the draft protocol on pollutant release and transfer registers to the Aarhus Convention and a draft resolution of Signatories to the protocol.
During the meeting, Ms. Nino Chkhobadze (Georgia), Minister for Environment and Natural Resource Protection, Mr. van Geel (Netherlands), State Secretary for Housing, Spatial Planning and Environment, and Ms. Fe Sanchis Moreno (European ECO Forum) made keynote speeches
The Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers was adopted by acclamation. The Meeting of the Parties then approved the mandate and priorities for further work pending the entry into force of the Protocol, including the establishment of a new Working Group on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers, as recommended in the resolution of the Signatories.
Thirty-six States and the European Community signed the Protocol during the Conference: Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Ukraine, and United Kingdom.
States that adopted and signed the Protocol during the Conference invited all interested States to sign, ratify and implement the Protocol at the earliest opportunity and to work towards its early entry into force. They also noted that the active and constructive participation of environmental NGOs and industry had been an important feature in the negotiation of the Protocol and urged these groups to remain involved in its implementation and further development.
The Meeting agreed in principle that the second ordinary meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention should be held in Kazakhstan in May 2005 and decided upon a number of changes to the composition of the Bureau.