EU green liability regime far from completion

Most member states yet to notify transposition of law six months after binding deadline

Nineteen of the EU's 27 member states have still not implemented a major EU law applying the polluter-pays principle to environmental incidents, six months after a deadline to do so, it has emerged.

Three member states met the original 30 April deadline to notify the European commission that they had transposed the 2004 environmental liability directive (EED 30/04/07). Hans Lopatta of the European commission's environment directorate told a conference in Brussels on Wednesday that only a further five have notified transposition since then.

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