Revision of Directive 2008/99/EC: Protection of the environment through criminal law

Briefing 23-06-2022

The European Commission proposed a revision of Directive 2008/99/EC on the protection of the environment through criminal law in December 2021. The proposal intends to clarify some of the terms contained in the directive and includes an updated list of environmental crime offences, harmonised sanction types and levels, measures to strengthen international investigation and prosecution, improvements to the collection of statistical data and measures to improve national enforcement chains. Ultimately, the revision aims to increase the effectiveness of investigation and prosecution of environmental criminal offences across the European Union. Parliament's Legal Affairs (JURI) Committee is the committee responsible for drawing up the draft report on the proposal. First edition. The 'EU Legislation in Progress' briefings are updated at key stages throughout the legislative procedure.