Firms give EU liability plan mixed reception

Unice welcomes permit defence, shift to public law; still unhappy over biodiversity, insurance

European business organisation Unice has released its first detailed assessment of European Commission proposals for an EU environmental liability regime since their publication in January.

As the principal industry lobby on the plans, Unice had consistently rejected almost all elements included in interim drafts of the proposed liability directive. Though it remains largely hostile, its tone has now softened after a key demand was incorporated into the final proposals (EED 24/01/02).

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