EU Directive 2004/35/EC

Environmental Liability Directive

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Directive 2004/35/CE at a glance The environment is “granted” a bonafide economic value, becoming less of an economic externality The “polluter pays” principle is enforced The prevention principle gains substance The role of the public is reinforced A framework / process of remediation of the environment is described Covers impairmenent in water, soil and protected species and natural habitats – no air Two types of liability schemes introduced: strict (ANNEX III hazardous activities) & fault-based.

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