The International POPs Elimination Network regional meeting for Central and Eastern Europe was organized in period from 16-20 th October by Arnika, in Prague. There were around 20 participants from, Montenegro, Belarus, Slovakia, Check Republic, Netherland, Hungarian, Bulgaria and Serbia.
Meeting was covering topic on the most toxic chemicals, of the high concern as well as some of them already excluded fur further use, which are main subject for Stockholm, Rotterdam, Basel but also Mercury Convention.
Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development (EASD), as IPEN Participating Organisation (represented by Hristina Stevanovic Carapina) cover all topics especially related to dioxins, waste management of POPs but also Mercury waste.
As a record, Serbia , is in the process of development of MIA for Mercury Convention, but also one of the rear countries drafted NIP for Stockholm convention with new POPs (in 2014) , but unfortunately not adopted yet.
One of the most interested topics was visit to Spolana factory, chlorine -alkali plant which will be closed very soon on 1st November , but also to hazardous waste storage of dioxins waste arising from former production in one of the most top Czech polluters.
Meeting was very useful, and confirm wishes for further cooperation in Region , which has so many experience to share among all countries. The meeting was opportunity to (re-) establish new/old communication links with a lot of wishes for further cooperation.