MEP refines plans to change EU liability law

Manders proposes five-year transition to harmonised "internal market" legal base

The European parliament's rapporteur on the draft EU environmental liability directive has presented new proposals to change the European Commission's initial sketch of the law. Toine Manders originally tabled a report to the legal affairs committee in June (EED 17/06/02). He told ENDS Europe DAILY he had now "refined" the amendments after feedback from other members and EU governments.

Mr Manders has decided to maintain his demand for the introduction of voluntary environmental risk assessment and management schemes (Erams), despite earlier hinting he was prepared to drop them (EED 04/10/02). Firms adopting these would be entitled to more favourable treatment if they were liable for environmental damage, he said.

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