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Making the polluter pay: public consultation

May 12, 2022 | News

(12 May 2022) – Today, the European Commission has launched an open public consultation as part of the evaluation of the Environmental Liability Directive (ELD).

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The ELD is the EU framework to prevent and remedy damage to land, water and biodiversity based on the ‘polluter pays’ principle.

Under the Directive, operators have a legal responsibility to prevent and restore any environmental damage caused by their activities.

Making operators financially liable for preventing and remedying environmental damage is intended to induce them to develop practices that minimise the risk that their activities will cause such damage.

The public consultation is open for feedback until 4 August 2022.

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