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Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)

The United Nations (UN) has set up important mechanisms to regulate and control POPs. The most ambitious of these is the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, whose objective is to protect human health and the environment from these chemicals.

In Europe, Regulation (EC) No 850/2004 is the common legal framework by which the requirements of the Stockholm Convention are carried out, and both establish the obligation to draw up National Implementation Plans (NIPs).

In Spain, the NIP was approved by the Spanish Cabinet with the agreement of 2nd February 2007. Under the direction of the National Coordination Group (GNC), the National Reference Centre for Persistent Organic Pollutants (CNRCOP) has the task of coordinating NIP implementation.

Policies Declaration for the National Implementation Plan (NIP) of the Stockholm Convention and of Regulation (EC) No 850/2004

In Spain, applying the Stockholm Convention and Regulation (EC) No 850/2004 provides an opportunity for the creation of a transparent system for eliminating POPs, which is both inclusive and participatory.

Following NAP approval, the relevant authorities are committed to its application within the limits of their ability – whether The State (Administración General del Estado) or the Regional Governments (Comunidades Autónomas). This effort, however, will be insufficient without the work of all interested parties - including the business community and social groups - all invited to collaborate so as to fulfil this commitment. With this commitment in place, we will undoubtedly make progress in protecting the health of the population and in achieving a healthier environment for everyone, now and in the future.