POPs stand for Persistent Organic Pollutants. POPs are organic substances that persist in the environment, accumulate in living organisms and pose a risk to our health and the environment. They can be transported by air, water or migratory species across international borders, reaching regions where they have never been produced or used. International risk management is necessary as no region can manage the risks posed by these substances alone.
The member countries decide for themselves the penalties for breach of the POPs Regulation. The Swedish provisions on penalties can be found in Chapter 29 of the Environmental Code.