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THE ENVIRONMENT THROUGH CRIMINAL LAW IN EUROPEAN UNION
THE ENVIRONMENT THROUGH CRIMINAL LAW IN EUROPEAN UNION

Author(s): Mihaela Aghenitei
Subject(s): Law, Constitution, Jurisprudence
Published by: Editura Bibliotheca
Keywords: Environment; “Criminal Law”; “European Union”; “Framework Decision”; Directive; “Community Law”

Summary/Abstract: Environment crime is among the European Union’s central concerns. The Tampere European Council of 15 and 16 October 1999 at which a first work program for the European Union action in the field of Justice and Home Affairs was adopted asked that efforts be made to adopt common definitions of offences and penalties focusing on a number of especially important sectors, amongst them environment crime. But despite this agreement about the importance of joint the European Union action, environmental criminal law has become the centre of a serious institutional fight between the European Commission, supported by the European Parliament on the one hand and the Council, supported by the great majority of the European Union member states on the other hand. The European Parliament and the Council of European Union having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community and in particular Article 175(1) thereof, and to the opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee often consulting the Committee of the Regions, acting in accordance with the procedure laid down in Article 251 of the Treaty have adopted the Directive 2008/99/EC of 19 November 2008 on the protection of the environment through criminal law, who obliges the European Union member states to provide for criminal penalties in their national legislation in respect of serious infringements of provisions of Community law on the protection of the environment.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 02 (19)
  • Page Range: 189-194
  • Page Count: 6
  • Language: English