POPs management in Belarus

Legislative and institutional capacity of the Republic of Belarus to implement the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)

The Republic of Belarus has made considerable efforts to develop a legislative and institutional capacity to regulate POPs management in fulfillment of the country's obligations under the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants.

In the Republic of Belarus, the regulatory framework in the field of safe use of chemicals, including persistent organic pollutants, is governed by the following international treaties:

  • Convention on Long Range Transboundary Air Pollution, ratified by Edict of the Presidium of Supreme Soviet of the BSSR on May 14, 1980
  • Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal, endorsed by Edict of the President of the Republic of Belarus No. 541 of September 16, 1999
  • Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (hereinafter referred to as the Stockholm Convention), acceded by Belarus in accordance with Presidential Edict No. 594 of December 26, 2003

The following laws and codes comprise the legal framework of the public policy in the field of management of hazardous chemicals including persistent organic pollutants

  • Law of the Republic of Belarus "On Environmental Protection"
  • Law of the Republic of Belarus "On Sanitary and Epidemiological Well-Being of the Population"
  • Law of the Republic of Belarus "On Protection of the Atmospheric Air"
  • Law of the Republic of Belarus "On Waste Management"
  • Code of the Republic of Belarus on Administrative Offenses
  • Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus
  • Civil Code of the Republic of Belarus
  • Tax Code of the Republic of Belarus

In accordance with the legislation of the Republic of Belarus, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection (hereinafter referred to as MNREP) is a national public authority with a special mandate in the field of environmental protection and POPs management.

Resolution of the Council of Minister of the Republic of Belarus No. 237 of March 5, 2004 "On Implementation of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants" designated the MNREP as:

  • the National Coordination Center providing for information exchange, as required by the Stockholm Convention
  • public authority in charge of fulfillment of the obligations of the Republic of Belarus under the Stockholm Convention

In accordance with Edict of the President of the Republic of Belarus No. 271 of June 27, 2011 "On Approval of the Republic of Belarus National Implementation Plan under the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, in 2011-2015", the MNREP coordinates the efforts of public authorities in fulfillment of the National Implementation Plan.

The MNREP Resolution No. 11 of June 3, 2004 established the Coordination Council for Implementation of the Stockholm Convention and approved a regulation regarding it. The key objectives of the Coordination Council are to:

  • develop recommendations on improvement of the national policy on management of persistent organic pollutants;
  • prioritize areas of research in the field of persistent organic pollutants;
  • coordinate the efforts of public authorities and other entities in fulfillment of the obligations of the Republic of Belarus under the Stockholm Convention;
  • facilitate information exchange between State, nongovernmental and international stakeholders concerning implementation of the Stockholm Convention;
  • arrange awareness raising activities on the issues of persistent organic pollutants.

The Coordination Council is comprised of senior and professional staff of the of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Transport and Communications, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Industry, Ministry of Architecture and Construction, Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Emergencies, Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Ministry of Internal Affairs, National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus, Belarus National Academy of Sciences, Belneftekhim Concern, Belarusian Railways.

In conformity with its key objectives, the Coordination Council:

  • develops a framework of actions in implementation of the Stockholm Convention in the Republic of Belarus;
  • reviews issues of technical, financial and HR support of the Stockholm Convention implementation;
  • submits proposals to senior public officials regarding measures to improve regulations in the field of POPs management;
  • takes part in drafting concepts and regulations in the field of POPs management;
  • submits proposals to senior public officials regarding conduct of research in the field of persistent organic pollutants;
  • leads and monitors the progress of activities and projects in implementation of the Stockholm Convention;
  • organizes preparation of information materials and general public awareness-raising concerning the problem of persistent organic pollutants;
  • reviews the outcomes of research in persistent organic pollutants and develops proposals to put them into practice;
  • exercises other functions in fulfillment of its duties.

More detailed information regarding the legislation and the public administration system in the field of implementation of the Stockholm Convention in the Republic of Belarus is available at the web-site section on Review of the current legislative and institutional capacity of the Republic of Belarus to implement the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs).

Review of the current legislative and institutional capacity of the Republic of Belarus to implement the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)

Review of the international best practices of developing and building up legislative and institutional capacity to implement the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)

Proposals on improvement of the national legislation in the field of management of persistent organic pollutants (POPs)