The European Union is about to unveil plans to further criminalize anti-environmental behavior, allowing the courts to imprison violators responsible for negligent pollution, among other crimes. The policy change demonstrates the growing power of the European Commission over member states.
Plans to turn environmental offences over to the criminal courts across the EU are set to be unveiled by the European Commission.
It marks an extension of the EU’s powers, following a landmark ruling by the European Court of Justice in 2006.
It is one of the first times the EU would have the power to make criminal law and set penalties.
Most offences covered by the draft directive relate to the dumping, transport or treatment of waste.