Netherlands planning to cut green rules

Industrial environmental permitting in the Netherlands is to be cut back and simplified under a government plan to reduce administrative burdens on business announced just before Easter. The overall ambition is to "slash" over 130 measures, saving industry €3bn, the finance ministry said. An environment ministry spokesperson confirmed that industrial environmental permitting would be among the areas affected as part of an ongoing policy to rationalise Dutch environmental legislation (EED 18/09/03). The government has yet to provide details of any of the planned rule changes. See press release.

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