EU Parliament votes to criminalise most serious cases of ecosystem destruction

EURONEWS – 27 februari 2024

Lawyer Antonius Manders, Dutch MEP from the Group of the European People’s Party (Christian Democrats), has described the changes as very hopeful.

“CEOs can risk a fine, but they do not want to be personally involved. They never want to go to jail,” he says.

Individuals can be held liable if they were aware of the consequences of their decisions, and if they had the power to stop them, Manders explains.

“For example, a permit defence is no longer possible, as people have a duty of care. If new information shows that behaviour is causing irreversible damage to health and nature – you will have to stop.”

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