Environmental liability

Category: ELD
MEP calls for state liability for environmental damage

EU legislation should be revised to require member states to take on subsidiary liability for damage to the environment, an MEP has proposed.

Competent authorities would have to take action if operators liable for damage under the EU’s 2004 Environmental Liability Directive fail to do so, according to a draft recommendation by Green MEP Benedek Jávor.

The Commission should “assess differentiated maximum liability thresholds for activities and to come forward with proposals to supplement this with an EU-wide fund designed to address remediation costs beyond the mandatory financial security”, according to the recommendation.

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