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Parliamentary questions
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16 September 2019
Answer given by Mr Vella on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-002448/2019

The Commission is currently evaluating the Environmental Crime Directive(1) assessing whether it has achieved its objectives. This is the first step in reviewing the use of criminal law to protect the environment. The results, expected in 2020, will show whether it is necessary to review the directive and to identify the scope and other aspects of a possible review.

Within the multi-annual work programme 2017-2020 for the Environmental Liability Directive (ELD)(2), the Commission carried out work with the Member States to establish an environmental information system on environmental incidents and liability. Main elements developed so far include 28 ELD country fiches and an IT prototype covering a map viewer and dashboard. Despite all efforts undertaken in the last years, the main obstacle for the completion and full operability of the information system is still a significant lack of data in many Member States, mainly because the provisions of such data on an updated basis were not required by the directive. However, with the revision of Article 18 ELD through Regulation 2019/1010 on the alignment of reporting obligations(3), this will be addressed in the next reporting round by the Member States due in 2022.

The Commission has always been in favour of more information, awareness raising and improved knowledge of the directive at all levels. For this purpose, it has produced an information brochure and a flyer, promoted the exchange of information and communication between stakeholder groups and used all available opportunities to engage stakeholders, in particular economic operators.

(1)Directive 2008/99/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ L 328, 6.12.2008, p. 28‐37).
(2)Directive 2004/35/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on environmental liability with regard to the prevention and remedying of environmental damage (OJ L 143, 30.4.2004, p. 56-75).
(3)Regulation 2019/1010 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the alignment of reporting obligations in the field of legislation related to the environment (OJ L 170, 25.6.2019 p. 115-127).

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