EU bids for greater control over eco-sanctions

Court ruling shows that ship-source pollution penalty rules must be re-written, says European commission

Recent rules setting an EU framework for criminal sanctions when ships cause pollution must be re-approved using "community" rather than inter-governmental procedures, the European commission said in a communication released last week. This could involve changes to the rules unless both council and parliament agree to recast the measure's legal base without touching its content.

The communication reviews the implications of a judgement by the European court of justice in September annulling an EU measure agreed by governments alone concerning criminal sanctions for breaches of environmental rules (EED 13/09/05).

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