Netherlands to strengthen green law enforcement

Government proposes more centralised controls, mandatory cooperation at local level

The Dutch government is to propose measures to improve enforcement of environmental rules by centralising controls and requiring stronger cooperation between local regulatory bodies, the environment ministry announced on Monday.

The as yet unpublished proposals follow a progress report on enforcement in March, which revealed deficiencies in the way local authorities ensure compliance with environmental and health and safety legislation. This has been a highly charged issue in the Netherlands since scores of people were killed in accidents in 2000, including a fireworks factory explosion (EED 18/05/00).

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