Estonia adopts EU environmental liability law

Tallinn confirms business-friendly transposition of damage compensation directive into national law

Estonia has formally adopted a national law transposing the EU's environmental liability directive. The new law takes a conservative, business-friendly approach to the directive, unlike that taken in other eastern European countries such as Hungary (EED 18/10/07). Estonia is allowing firms to use the "permit" and "state-of-the-art" legal defences against liability for environmental damage, and is not requiring them to take out liability insurance. But the law will extend to individuals as well as firms and will cover damage to all nationally-protected species and habitats, not just those protected under EU law. See Estonian environment ministry press release.

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