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Committee backs liability exemptions

Archiv – In the debate over the EU’s draft environmental liability directive, the legal affairs committee of the European Parliament has come out in support of exemptions where environmental damage is caused by emissions permitted under pollution control permits or where businesses are using state-of-the-art equipment.In the debate over the EU’s draft environmental liability directive, the legal affairs committee of the European Parliament has come out in support of exemptions where environmental damage is caused by emissions permitted under pollution control permits or where businesses are using state-of-the-art equipment.
The committee has agreed that compensation payable by firms for environmental damage should be decided by judges based on mitigating factors. Liability would be capped using a sliding scale based on inherent risk, while mandatory financial guarantees would be introduced after five years.
However, its stance has already come under fire from European Parliament environment committee members, who want an earlier European Commission directive proposal to be strengthened. Environmental lobby groups have also attacked the legal affairs committee approach as ’counter to the polluter-pays principle’.

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