In March 1996, Suriname began to circulate a first draft of its NEAP for discussion by representatives of various governmental agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and other relevant groups in January 1997. The plan, the preparation of which had been assisted with by the Organization of American States, will enable the government to incorporate measures identified in the NEAP into its multi-annual development plans to ensure that Suriname follows sustainable development policies and principles.
In 1996, Denmark played an active role within certain international environmental regimes, particularly the Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal. Denmark ratified the amendment of 25 January 1994 to the Agreement for Cooperation in Dealing with Pollution of the North Sea by Oil and Other Harmful Substances. However, the 1991 Espoo Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context was not, as originally expected, ratified by Denmark in 1996.
The EU Directive 94/62 on Packaging and Packaging Waste was partly implemented into Danish law. (Statute Orders Nos. 582 and 583, 1996.) Yet the Danish ban on marketing of canned beer remained in force. According to the Minister for Environment, the ban serves environmental protection purposes. However, Denmark has not, as required, relied on the derogation clause in Art. 100a(4) of the Treaty on the EU.
In December, Denmark finally completed formal implementation of the EU's Directive 85/337 on the Assessment of the Effects of Certain Public and Private Projects on the Environment (Statute Order No. 1166, 1996, on the application of EIA procedures on resource exploitation). At the beginning of 1990, Denmark had been criticized by the EU Commission for incorrectly implementing the EIA Directive, as, at that time, Denmark did not legally