Central and Eastern Europe - Brno 2010

Regional Capacity-Building Workshop on New POPs, the Process for Reviewing and Updating NIPs

Brno, Czech Republic
from 15 to 18 June 2010

The workshop aims at raising awareness on the recently adopted amendments to the Convention, listing nine new POPs in Annexes A, B and C of the Convention, which will enter into force on 26 August 2010; and on the implications at the national level of the new obligations arising herewith. Furthermore, the workshop offers an opportunity for participants to become familiar with the enhanced version of the online electronic reporting system in preparation for the second round of Party reporting. 

The workshop is organized by the Secretariat in cooperation with RECETOX, a Stockholm Convention regional centre in Central and Eastern Europe.

Timing and venue

The regional workshop for Central and Eastern Europe took place from 15 to 18 June 2010 at the Research Centre for Toxic Compounds in the Environment, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic and has been organized in collaboration with the Research Centre for Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology (RECETOX), a Stockholm Convention Regional Centre located in Brno, Czech Republic.


The fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Stockholm Convention held 4-8 May 2009, decided to amend the Convention by adding nine new chemicals to its Annexes A, B and C. In accordance with Article 22 of the Convention, the amendments will enter into force on 26 August 2010. By decision SC-4/19, the COP decided to undertake a work programme to provide guidance to Parties on how best to restrict and eliminate these newly listed persistent organic pollutants and invited Parties to support work on the evaluation of alternatives and other work related to the restriction and elimination of these new POPs.

Pursuant to Article 15 of the Convention, each Party to the Convention has to report to the Conference of the Parties on the measures it has taken to implement the provisions of the Convention and on the effectiveness of such measures in meeting the objectives of the Stockholm Convention. In line with decision SC-4/30, Parties have been requested to submit their second report by 31 October 2010 making use of the enhanced reporting format and electronic reporting system.

Expected results

  • Increased knowledge on the nine new POPs recently listed in Annexes A, B and C of the Convention and on the implications at the national level of the new obligations arising herewith;
  • Increased understanding of the scope of the obligation to review and update national implementation plans under Article 7 of the Convention;
  • Increased knowledge on the guidance and training tools available to assess their new obligations and to update their national implementation plans accordingly;
  • Enhanced understanding of the reporting requirements under Article 15 of the Convention; and of the use of the electronic reporting system.

Target audience

The workshop targeted national experts from Central and Eastern Europe, who are contributing to the implementation of the Stockholm Convention, such as Official Contact Points or Focal Points from the following countries: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova (Republic of), Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Ukraine.


Programme102.27 K
Agenda126.69 K
List of participants255.6 K
Report317.25 K

Workshop presentations

  • Introduction
  • New POPs
  • Regional and national situations
  • NIPs
  • Reporting
  • Technical assistance

Photo gallery

Plenary discussions on new POPs, the process for reviewing and updating national implementation plans (NIPs) under the Stockholm Convention.
Plenary discussions.
Plenary discussions.
Participants become familiar with the instructions for the exercises on the process for reviewing and updating NIPs.
Working group discussions on the process for reviewing and updating NIPs.