Commission and member states must halt ‘environmental crime spree’, say campaigners

The European Commission and national governments must do more to tackle environmental crime across the continent, a green group has warned, if they are to live up to the pledges of the European Green Deal.

The EU executive began evaluating its principle legislation in the area - the Environmental Crime Directive - last year, with Brussels-based campaign group the European Environmental Bureau calling on it to widen the scope of what activities are considered “environmental crime”. 

In a new report, the group says that illegal extractive activities should be included within the directive, even if they do not harm a habitat or species currently protected under EU law. 

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