Environmental liability directive
Protecting Europe's natural resources
The directive places competent authorities in the position of guardians of the environment. It is their duty to identify liable polluters and to ensure that operators, who caused an imminent threat of, or actual, environmental damage to undertake or finance the required preventive or remedial measures. Competent authorities and operators are not legally required but encouraged as best practice to collaborate in order to improve their understanding of operating risks, take the precautionary measures needed to avoid environmental damage and determine the necessary financial securities.
- Corporate author(s): Directorate-General for Environment (European Commission) Themes: Regional policy and regional economies, Environment policy and protection of the environment
- Subject: directive (EU), environmental liability, environmental policy, environmental protection, exploitation of resources, health policy, quality of the environment
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