UK consults on EU green liability rules

Government proposes minimum implementation; draft law to be put to consultation in spring

The British government has launched a consultation on implementing the 2004 EU environmental liability directive in the UK except Scotland. All member states are required to transpose the directive into national law by April.

In a statement released on Friday, the government said it fully supported the directive’s aim of extending the "polluter pays" principle but stressed that this should be done in a "responsible and proportionate way". The consultation is open until 16 February.

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