PRTR Protocol enters into force in October 2009!
The PRTR Protocol entered into force on 8 October 2009, 90 days after deposit of the 16th instrument of ratification by France on 10 July 2009. See here for the current Status of ratification, the ratification chart and the UNECE Press Release.
Ratification of the PRTR Protocol commits Protocol countries to establish and operate a national Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR) in accordance with the requirements of the PRTR Protocol. Germany ratified the PRTR Protocol in August 2007. The German PRTR was activated and went online on 3 June 2009. The EU has also ratified the PRTR Protocol and thereby also committed to set up a European register (E-PRTR). The EU Member States had to report their PRTR data to the EU by 30 June 2009. The EU Register was launched on 9 November 2009.