On October 10, 2013, the Republic of Armenia signed the Minamata Convention on Mercury in Kumamoto, Japan, which was ratified by the law of the Republic of Armenia (October 19, 2017). On December 25, 2014, the Governing Board implementing the Minamata Convention on Mercury was set up in a bid to streamline the process of implementation of the Minamata Convention and the obligations assumed by RA under the Convention. The Governing Board is comprised of representatives of interested departments, the National Academy of Sciences and NGOs whose tasks are: coordination of the implementation of the Convention, submission of proposals regarding the implementation of the commitments and coordination of projects addressed to fulfillment of the commitments.
On December 23, there took place the next meeting of the Governing Board implementing the Minamata Convention on Mercury in the Ministry of Enviornment, in the course of which issues concerning the phase out of mercury-containing products since 2020, and the improvement of the legal framework were discussed. National Focal Point to the Minamata Convention Anahit Aleksandryan presented the priority issues and the responsibilities undertaken by the Republic of Armenia under the Convention: mercury emissions, environmental monitoring, waste storage and disposal.
It was decided to develop a draft law to phase out mercury-containing products from circulation, by defining the list of prohibited mercury-containing products, prioritizing those products that have mercury-free alternatives. The proposal was accepted by the members of the Governing Board.
Mining Inspection Body
Tel: (+374 15) 48 48 48
of the Ministry
Environmental Protection and Mining Inspection Body was defined as a subordinate body to the Government by the RA law on “State administration system bodies” adopted on March 23, 2018, thus citizens may send their calls and applications to the Head of the Inspection Body (Address: Koryun 1, 3750009 Yerevan, tel. (+374 15) 48 48 48).