Environment: European Union welcomes the signing of the Minamata Convention on Mercury
Today Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for the Environment, and Lithuanian Environment Minister Valentinas Mazuronis signed on behalf of the European Union the Minamata Convention on Mercury, in the Japanese town of Kumamoto The Convention is the first new multilateral environmental agreement to be signed for more than ten years. The new Convention, which is named after the location of the worst-ever case of mercury pollution, covers all aspects of the mercury life cycle. Once properly implemented, it will have genuinely global effects, as mercury pollution travels long distances in the air. Pregnant women, infants and children are at particular risk from mercury in the food-chain, and the Convention will bring about significant decreases to their exposure to this toxic substance in the long term.