EU Environmental Liability Directive—snapshot
EU Environmental Liability Directive—snapshot

The following Environment guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • EU Environmental Liability Directive—snapshot
  • Brexit impact
  • Scope of the Environmental Liability Directive
  • What is environmental damage?
  • What activities does the Environmental Liability Directive cover?
  • Preventive and remedial action
  • Costs
  • Requests for action
  • Cooperation between Member States
  • Enforcing authorities
  • more

Title Directive 2004/35/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 April 2004 on environmental liability with regard to the prevention and remedying of environmental damage (Environmental Liability Directive).
Entry into force 30 April 2004
Deadline for transposition 30 April 2007
Amendments See EUR-Lex Document information.
England and Wales implementation Environmental Damage (Prevention and Remediation) Regulations 2009, SI 2009/153 came into force on 1 March 2009.
From 19 July 2015, the Environmental Damage (Prevention and Remediation) (England) Regulations 2015, SI 2015/810 (as amended), revoke, replace and consolidate the Environmental Damage (Prevention and Remediation) Regulations 2009, SI 2009/153, and its amending instruments in England.
In Wales the Environmental Damage (Prevention and Remediation) (Wales) Regulations 2009 (as amended) apply, SI 2009/995, as do the Environmental Damage (Prevention and Remediation) (Wales) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, SI 2019/244.
Subject Environmental liability

The Environmental Liability Directive establishes a common framework for the prevention and remedying of environmental damage at a reasonable cost to society. It recognises that there