On 14 May, MEPs will vote in first reading on
the draft directive on environmental liability. Businesses and
environment supporters still differ radically.
On 14 May, MEPs will vote in plenary on the draft directive
on environmental liability. Intensive debate and lobbying
have delayed the vote in plenary, initially foreseen for
March/April. While the environment committee adopted a
report which was very much welcomed by the environmental
NGOs in January, the lead legal affairs committee presents
a report to the plenary vote that is taking into account
the business federations’ concerns.
Socialists and Greens have retabled
amendments related to four key issues:
- the scope of the directive;
- defences and mitigation factors;
- financial security provisions for companies;
- change to the proposal’s legal basis.