Firms offered quid pro quo on liability rules

Parliament rapporteur says key legal defence should be open only to those with green management accounts

Firms wanting to enjoy maximum legal protection from legal liability claims under a future EU regime to make polluters pay for environmental damage could be forced to keep detailed environmental risk accounts, according to the first draft of changes to the law proposed in the European parliament.

The parliament's rapporteur on the liability directive, Dutch liberal MEP Toine Manders, says that companies should only be able to invoke a key legal defence if they can prove their case with an "environmental risk assessment management system" (Eram).

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