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Second session of the Meeting of the Parties to the PRTR Protocol

2 - 4 July 2014

Maastricht, Netherlands

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The second session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (Protocol on PRTRs) to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters took place in Maastricht, the Netherlands, from 2 to 4 July 2014, at the kind invitation of the Government of the Netherlands. The meeting venue  was the Maastricht Exhibition and Conference Centre. The second session was held back to back with the fifth session of the Meeting of the Parties to Aarhus Convention (30 June-1 July 2014) and the joint High-level Segment of the two Meetings (2 July 2014).

The event provided a platform for Parties, Signatories, international organizations, civil society and other stakeholders to discuss achievements and challenges in promoting a wide range of topics relevant to the Protocol on PRTRs. 

As the international community embarks on charting the way for an ambitious post 2015 development agenda with new Sustainable Development Goals, the Convention and its Protocol on PRTRs already provide an essential framework for Governments to effectively engage different stakeholders in decision-making, thereby offering solutions to truly sustainable governance.

At the session, the Parties agreed on a number of decisions to guide their implementation in the next intersessional period, including future strategic plan and work programme and discussed global promotion of the Protocol.

In the same meeting venue, the second session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on PRTRs was preceded by:

The seventh meeting of the Protocol Bureau (1 July 2014)

The third meeting of the Protocol Compliance Committee (1 July 2014)

The second session of the Meeting of the Parties will start on Wednesday, 2 July 2014, at 10 a.m. and will finish on Friday, 4 July 2014, at 4 p.m.

The session will include:

- High-level Segment (2 July 2014) to be jointly organized with the Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention 

All sessions, except for the High-level Segment, will be organised in the format of a plenary. To allow as many speakers as possible for every agenda item, interventions from the floor should last not more than 3 minutes. Delegations are encouraged to submit text of their statements in electronic form to the secretariat (aarhus-prtr-mops[at]unece.org, indicating in the subject line “MoPP-2 statement”) prior to the meeting, preferable by 15 June 2014

Simultaneous interpretation in English, French and Russian will be provided during all formal sessions.

For questions related to the programme, please send your correspondence to the UNECE secretariat (aarhus-prtr-mops[at]unece.org).

The credentials of all representatives of the Parties and the names of alternative representatives and advisers shall be submitted to the UNECE secretariat. 

To facilitate the procedure of verification of credentials, Parties to the Protocol are invited to submit delegates’ credentials or a scan copy of their credentials to the UNECE secretariat (aarhus-prtr-mops[at]unece.org, indicating in the subject line “MoPP-2 credentials”) by 15 June 2014. Those Parties that submitted a copy of their credentials should present the originals to the UNECE secretariat before the second session of the Meeting of the Parties, as soon as possible on arrival at the meeting in Maastricht. 

Credentials, which are normally issued either by the Head of State or Government or by the Minister for Foreign Affairs or any other person duly empowered in accordance with national legislation to do so, should indicate the composition of the delegation, including the Head of delegation, and should state that the respective delegation is empowered to participate in the meeting and to take decisions on behalf of the respective Government, following the Rules of Procedure (see an example of credentials in English, French and Russian). 

Documents, statements and other material for the meeting are available here.

At its second session (Maastricht, the Netherlands, 3-4 July 2014) the Meeting of the Parties is expected to elect six members of the Compliance Committee in accordance with the procedure set out in decision I/2 on the review of compliance, in conjunction with decision I/1 on the rules of procedure (for both decisions, see ECE/MP.PRTR/2010/2/Add.1, EN, FR, RU).

To this end, Parties, Signatories and non-governmental organizations were invited to propose or nominate candidates of recognized competence in the fields to which the Protocol relates, including persons having legal experience.

The following candidates have been nominated for the Compliance Committee, including by Croatia and France, following the early departure of the two members ((Ms. Martina Vazdar (Croatia) and Mr. Didier Guiffault (France)), whose first full term of office was expected to run until the third session of the Meeting of the Parties. 

NameProposed by Signatory or NGONominated by PartyCV
Mr. Merab BARBAKADZEGeorgia (Signatory)SpainPDF
Mr. Alistair MCGLONE-United KingdomPDF
Mr. Dmytro SKRYLNIKOVEuropean ECO-Forum and Environment People Law (NGOs)NorwayPDF

The Meeting of the Parties elects the members of the Committee by consensus, or failing consensus, by secret ballot. The Committee elects its own Chair and Vice-Chair at the next Committee’s meeting after the second session of the Meeting of the Parties.

For more detailed information about the process of electing members of the Compliance Committee please consult the note on the membership of the Compliance Committee prepared by the secretariat for the third meeting of the Working Group of the Parties to the Protocol (see ECE/MP.PRTR/WG.1/2013/5, EN, FR, RU).