REGULATION ON ROTTERDAM CONVENTION ADOPTED.
The regulation transposing into Community law the Rotterdam Convention on the prior informed consent procedure for the trade of hazardous chemicals was formally adopted, on 5 June, by the Environment Council. Having received the support of the European Parliament, on 15 January 2008, at first reading (co-decision procedure), this regulation could enter into force as of its publication in the Official Journal. It subjects certain hazardous chemicals and pesticides in international trade to control proceedings. The Rotterdam Convention, which was adopted in September 1998 and entered into force in February 2004, is based on the principle according to which a chemical listed in the convention may only be exported with the importer's prior consent.