Environment Minister Laszlo Borbely to seal supplementary protocol on biosafety

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Minister of the Environment and Forestry Laszlo Borbely will sign the Supplementary Protocol Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur concerning biosafety on May 11, after the Government in Bucharest last week adopted the memorandum for sealing the document, reports the Ministry of the Environment and Forestry.

According to the above-mentioned source, after the Memorandum is adopted, the Romanian Minister of the Environment will sign the Supplementary Protocol, on behalf of Romania next week, within the 19th Session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-19) held at the UN headquarters in New York.

The document was adopted on October 15, 2010, within the fifth Conference of the Parties adopting the Cartagena Protocol on biosafety (COP/MOP5) and is open for signature at the UN headquarters in New York between March 7, 2011 and March 6, 2012.

The Supplementary Protocol requires the states to cooperate in a more resolute manner to develop the international legislation on liability for and remedying environmental damage by the harmful effects of the transborder movement of LMOs (living modified organisms).

The aim of the Supplementary Protocol is to contribute to the preservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, taking into account the risks posed to human health, by providing international rules and procedures in the field of liability and remedying environmental damage inflicted by LMOs, triggered by transborder movement, both with and without will.

The Supplementary Protocol is the first multilateral environment agreement defining „prejudice on biodiversity.”
Most of the Supplementary Protocol text is based on the principles and concepts used in the 2004/35/CE Directive on environmental liability with regard to the prevention and remedying of environmental damage.

The ratification of the Supplementary Protocol will allow Romania to revise and, if need be, fill the current legislative background in the field of liability and remedying the environmental damage, represented by Emergency Ordinance No 68/2007 on environmental liability with regard to the prevention and remedying of environmental damage, adopted by Law No 19/ February 21, 2008, which transposes the 2004/35/CE Directive of Parliament and of the Council on April 21, 2004 on the liability with regard to the prevention and remedying of environmental damage.

Emergency Ordinance No 68/2007 was amended and completed by Emergency Ordinance No 15/2009 to ensure the integral transposition and the correct implementation of the above-mentioned directive.

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