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The Republic of Moldova joins the UNECE Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers

Published:08 January 2014

Published: 8 January 2014

On 23 December 2013, the Republic of Moldova became the thirty-third Party to ratify the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (Kyiv Protocol) to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). This ratification demonstrates the universal relevance of the Protocol also for countries with economies in transition. The decision is very timely, as it comes shortly before the second session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol (Maastricht, the Netherlands, 2–4 June 2014), where Parties will take decisions on a number of strategic issues, including the Protocol’s new strategic plan, its work programme and the global promotion of the Protocol.

The Republic of Moldova has been actively engaged in the activities under the Aarhus Convention and the Protocol and has contributed to the promotion of the principles of these two legal instruments both within and beyond the UNECE region. A few remarkable examples of its commitment include the country’s effective participation in the Global Round Table on PRTRs (November 2013), its chairmanship of the Task Force on Access to Information under the Convention, its early ratification of the Convention’s amendment on public participation in decisions on the deliberate release into the environment and placing on the market of genetically modified organisms, and its hosting of the fourth session of the Convention’s Meeting of the Parties in 2011.

For further information on the Aarhus Convention, its amendment on genetically modified organisms or the Kyiv Protocol, please visit http://www.unece.org/env/pp/welcome.html

or contact:

Ella Behlyarova
Secretary
Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters
Tel: + 41 22 917 2376
E-mail: ella.behlyarova@unece.org

Note to editors

Aarhus Convention and amendment on genetically modified organisms.

The Convention was adopted in Aarhus, Denmark, in June 1998 and signed by the European Community and 39 countries from all subregions of UNECE. It entered into force in October 2001. The amendment on public participation in decisions on the deliberate release into the environment and placing on the market of genetically modified organisms was adopted by the Meeting of the Parties at its second session (Almaty, Kazakhstan, 25–27 May 2005). The Parties to the Convention are: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, European Union, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Tajikistan, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The Parties to the amendment on genetically modified organisms are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, European Union, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The Parties to the Convention now include the vast majority of countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, all the countries in the Caucasus and South-Eastern Europe, and all EU member States.

Protocol to the Aarhus Convention on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTRs)

The Protocol on PRTRs was adopted at an extraordinary meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention on 21 May 2003. Thirty-six member States and the European Community signed the Protocol in Kyiv. The Protocol entered into force on 8 October 2009. The Parties to the Protocol on PRTRs are: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, European Union, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. 

All these agreements enter into force for a State on the ninetieth day after the date of deposit of the State’s instrument of ratification, at which point it becomes a Party.


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