Stronger German liability rules promoted

Experts recommend action to close regulatory gaps, extend liability to non-sovereign areas

With preparations well underway for an EU directive on environmental liability, experts commissioned by the German environment agency have recommended a strengthening of existing national liability rules.

Produced by academics at the University of St Gallen, Switzerland, the study found "significant regulatory gaps" due to differences between the numerous federal and state liability rules currently in force. Moreover, Germany lacked a policy regarding compensation for environmental damage committed by German companies in non-sovereign areas such as Antarctica and international waters.

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