11/10/2019 - - Partners
Protecting the environment through criminal law: European Commission launches public consultation to evaluate EU rules


DG JUSTICE is currently evaluating the Environmental Crime Directive (Directive 2008/99/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 November 2008 on the protection of the environment through criminal law and whether it has achieved its objectives.

In the light of the results, it will be decided if some follow-up or revision is required.

The Directive requires EU Member States to treat certain activities that damage the environment as criminal offences, for instance trading endangered species, destroying protected habitats, producing, manufacturing or handling nuclear materials or any other radioactive substances, and excessive water, air or soil pollution.


The open consultation, published in all EU languages, will run for 12 weeks from 10 October onwards, and will end on 2 January.

The consultation assesses the results from all Member States for the time the Directive has been applicable, from 2011 to 2018.

To participate to the public consultation click here

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