* European Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas is on a fact-finding mission to Paldiski harbour, where Greenpeace blocked the ship's departure, followed by a search of the Estonian authorities which revealed the presence of highly toxic substances on board. "It is shocking that toxic waste from Europe reached the Ivory Coast causing so much human suffering and damage to the environment. We have European waste shipment regulations which ban such export, but apparently the law was broken. I am going to Estonia to support the Estonian efforts to bring light to this affair, to find out for myself what happened and to take appropriate action. I want to ensure that such an incident will not occur again", said Commissioner Dimas.
He will be meeting the Estonian Environment Minister Villu Reiljan in Tallinn before travelling on to Paldiski harbour where he will also meet representatives from Greenpeace and the press.