Evaluation on Environmental Crime Directive

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Evaluation on Environmental Crime Directive

Practical information

  1. Composition of the study group
  2. Administrator / Assistant in charge: Conrad Ganslandt / Luca Pitrone
  3. Contact


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.


Evaluation on the Environmental Crime Directive - Technical Appendix