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After lengthy discussions and constitutional struggles that were to be resolved by the ECJ, the EU, with effect from 2010, disposes of a legal framework on environmental crime.
Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of the Environment through Criminal Law of 4.11.1998 (ETS No. 172). From EU-Member States ratified by Estonia. Signed by Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Romania and Sweden. From EEA-Member States signed by Iceland.
Directive 2008/99/EC of 19.11.2008 on the protection of the environment through criminal law. OJ L 328, 6.12.2008, p. 28. Full text (PDF format)
(annulled) Council Framework Decision 2003/80/JHA of 27.1.2003 on the protection of the environment through criminal law. OJ L 29, 5.2.2003, p. 55. Full text (PDF format)
Case C-176/03, Commission v. Council ECR  I-7879.
IP/11/1246 “Environmental crimes: Commission requests 3 Member States to adopt EU anti-sea pollution rules”
IP/11/739 “Environmental crimes: Commission asks 12 Member States to implement EU rules”
PRES/09/265 “Council adopts new legislation against ship-source pollution”
IP/08/1536 “Maritime safety: the Commission acts against the United Kingdom”
IP/08/1028 “Maritime safety: the Commission takes measures against Italy and Slovakia”
IP/08/420 “The European Commission streamlines rules on protection in case of maritime pollution”
MEMO/08/156 “Questions and Answers on criminal law measures against maritime pollution”
IP/07/442 “New EU rules to crack down on sea pollution come into effect”
MEMO/07/50 “Questions and Answers on the protection of the environment through criminal law”
Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on the implications of the Court’s judgment of 13.9.2005
COM(2005) 583 final
MEMO/05/437 “Commission welcomes Court of Justice judgment recognising the exclusive competence of the Community to adopt criminal law measures to ensure the effectiveness of Community law”
IP/05/888 “New EU rules to sanction maritime polluters”
MEMO/05/244 “Q&A on the new legislation on ship source pollution”
Opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee on the “Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on ship-source pollution and on the introduction of sanctions, including criminal sanctions, for pollution offences” (COM(2003) 92 final)
OJ C 220, 16.9.2003, p. 72
Proposal for a Council Framework Decision to strengthen the criminal-law framework for the enforcement of the law against ship-source pollution, COM(2003) 227 final of 2.5.2003.
IP/03/461 “Protection of the environment through criminal law: Commission decides to take action in the Court of Justice”
IP/03/316 “The Commission proposes criminal sanctions for polluting ships”
European Parliament 15.11.2001: European Parliament recommendation on criminal sanctions and Community law. OJ C 140 E, 13.6.2002, p. 524
IP/01/358 “Commission will support Member States in the fight against environmental crime”.
Initiative of the Kingdom of Denmark with a view to adopting a Council framework Decision on combating serious environmental crime.
OJ C 39, 11.2.2000, p. 4
Written Question E-6260/07 by Frank Vanhecke: “Directive on the protection of the environment through criminal law” with answer by Commission Dimas of 13.2.2008
Written Question P-4368/07 by Georgios Papastamkos: “Protection of the environment through criminal law and arson attacks on forests” with answer by Commissioner Dimas of 12.10.2007
Written Question E-0720/06 by Erik Meijer: “Effects of a European Court of Justice environmental law judgment in giving the EU influence over national criminal law in a way that deviates from previous interpretations” with answer by Commissioner Frattini of 6.4.2006
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