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New Environmental Crime Directive comes into force

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The new Environmental Crime Directive entered into force on Monday, 20 May. It contains a comprehensive and up-to-date list of environmental offences addressing the most serious breaches of environmental obligations.

EU Member States will have to ensure that these breaches constitute criminal offences in their national law. The new directive also introduces several new offence categories, such as unlawful ship recycling, unlawful water abstraction, serious breaches of EU chemicals and mercury legislation, serious breaches related to dealing with fluorinated greenhouse gases, and serious breaches of legislation on invasive alien species.

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