EU to toughen maritime pollution laws

European commission proposes to criminalise polluting discharges by ships following court ruling

Member states would be required to criminalise the most serious breaches of EU maritime pollution law under a legislative proposal tabled by the European commission on Tuesday.

The proposal clarifies and strengthens existing legislation. It would replace a 2005 directive that merely required member states to impose penalties on serious offenders that "may include criminal or administrative sanctions" (EED 22/02/05).

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