The country ratified the Stockholm Convention in 2004 and finished the National Implementation Plan in 2006. The NIP was done wiht financial supported by the GEF and implemented with technical assistance by UNIDO. Romania participates in the EECCA capacity building project running from 2009 – 2012, which was agreed upon in 2006. Since 2007, Romania became a full member of the EU and will therefore in the future participate in EECCA-projects as corporation party.
The inventory process was done between in 2004 – 2006 in relation to the NIP. Currently the inventory is being updated in accordance to the decision of the confidence of the parties in the Stockholm Convention, which has adopted 9 new POPs. The inventory process follows international EMEP guidelines and the standardized toolkit for dioxin and furans from the Stockholm Convention.
Past, present and planned actions:
- 2004-2006: PHARE-project on disposal of obsolete Pesticides’ stocks in Romania, during this project over 2,600 metric tonnes of obsolete pesticides where disposed of by incineration abroad.
- 2007- 2010: Disposal of PCB waste in Romania, funded by the GEF and implemented with UNIDO support (3 million USD). Result of the project: 1,000 metric tonnes of PCB contaminated oil was disposed of.
- GEF/FAO EECCA project for capacity building on obsolete pesticides. Amongst other, a workshop on awareness raising and a one day workshop on awareness raising concerning HCH contaminated sites in Romania were held in December 2010 in Bukarest.
- In 2009, launch of a BAT/BEP forum for the CEECCA-Region jointly with UNIDO. This forum represents a platform for the countries in the region for dissemination and implementation of BAT/BEP guidelines, which was approved by the confidence of the Parties. Romania is chair of the forum in 2009 – 2011.
- HCH-waste in Turda (60,000 metric tonnes of waste and soil): EU PHARE project ongoing which includes preparing applications to the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for financing among others HCH Turda pilot project to rehabilitate this historically contaminated sites.
- September 2011: Awareness raising campaign on OP’s and POP’s contaminated sites funded by the GEF/FAO EECCA project. Co-financed by the national budget.