21 May 2024

Environmental protection through criminal law

Environmental crime: EU law has a new directive with tougher sanctions and an extended list of offences. Directive (EU) 2024/1203 will improve the investigation and prosecution of environmental crime offences.

The directive establishes EU-wide minimum rules on the definition of criminal offences and penalties. It replaces the previous law which dates back to 2008.

The law will only apply to offences committed within the EU. However, member states are able to choose to extend their jurisdiction to offences that have been committed outside their territory.

Margarida de Albuquerque Castanheira

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