Spotlight shone on EU environmental crime

European Commission hosts awareness-raising conference to debate key problems and solutions

Legal experts from around Europe have debated environmental crime and how to tackle it at a European Commission-sponsored conference in Brussels. The meeting underlined the wide variety of approaches to sanctions around the EU. Speakers expressed particular concerns over Italian government moves to decriminalise environmental offences (EED 27/01/03).

Measured by attendance the conference looks already to have achieved a key Commission goal of raising awareness of environmental crime. According to conference chairman Ludwig Krämer, 50 people were expected but 300 eventually attended. Another 100 individuals had to be turned away.

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