Multilateral agreements in nuclear energy

III. Environmental protection

Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic (OSPAR Convention)

The OSPAR Convention is the mechanism by which 15 governments and the EU co-operate to prevent and eliminate pollution and protect the maritime area against the adverse effects of human activities so as to safeguard human health and to conserve marine ecosystems and, when practicable, restore marine areas which have been adversely affected.

Adopted: 22 September 1992

Opened for signature: 22 September 1992

Entered into force: 25 March 1998

Parties: 16 (including the European Union) (see table below)

More information on the OSPAR Convention, including the text, is available here.

The current status of the OSPAR Convention is available here.

The following article related to the OSPAR Convention was published in the Nuclear Law Bulletin:

Parties to the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic (OSPAR Convention)

Belgium* Germany* Netherlands * Sweden
Denmark Iceland Norway Switzerland*
Finland* Ireland Portugal United Kingdom*
France* Luxembourg Spain* European Union

* Country with at least one nuclear power plant in operation.

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Last reviewed: 9 February 2017