MEP calls for state liability for environmental damage

EU legislation should be revised to require member states to take on subsidiary liability for damage to the environment, an MEP has proposed

EU legislation should be revised to require member states to take on subsidiary liability for damage to the environment, an MEP has proposed.

Competent authorities would have to take action if operators liable for damage under the EU’s 2004 Environmental Liability Directive fail to do so, according to a draft recommendation by Green MEP Benedek Jávor.

Published this week, it sets out proposals for the implementation of the Directive, which seeks to provide a uniform liability regime across the EU for environmental damage in line with the ‘polluter pays’ principle.

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