- Composition of the study group
- Administrator / Assistant in charge: Conrad Ganslandt / Luca Pitrone
Environmental crime covers acts that breach environmental legislation and cause significant harm or risk to the environment and human health.
The most known areas of environmental crime are:
- the illegal emission or discharge of substances into air, water or soil,
- the illegal trade in wildlife,
- illegal trade in ozone-depleting substances and
- the illegal shipment or dumping of waste.
The Commission is now reviewing Directive 2008/99/EC on the protection of the environment through criminal law under "better regulation" procedures. The Commission is therefore in a consultation phase with other EU institutions.
In a letter of 20 November 2018, Martin Selmayr, Secretary-General of the European Commission, has asked the EESC to help assess the impact of the Environmental Crime Directive with a policy evaluation of a qualitative nature.