Parliament liability vote turns into a whimper

Competing proposals to strengthen or weaken EU directive fall by the wayside as just four amendments passed

A major EU law to impose financial liability on businesses to clean up after environmental accidents now looks set to be agreed relatively rapidly after MEPs on Wednesday made few changes to a ministerial agreemeent reached in June.

Voting in Strasbourg on the EU environmental liability directive, the parliament adopted only four amendments, none of which substantially affects the council's common position (EED 04/09/03).

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