Feeds

EU to criminalise environmental badness

Time in chokey for perps

Build a business case: developing custom apps

The EU is to refer environmental offences away from the civil courts and over to the criminal courts, according to the BBC.

The BBC cites a leaked proposal, which The Register has not seen, which it says outlines specific environmental offences that would be punishable by fines and jail time.

In explaining the need for the laws, the commission writes: "Environmental crime often has a transboundary nature...offenders are therefore currently in a position to exploit the existing differences between member states".

The commission proposing legislation is nothing new, but until a ruling in the European Court of Justice, it had no powers to set criminal penalties; that was left to member states to sort out, as they transcribe directives into national legislation.

Conservative MEP Timothy Kirkhope describes the move as "a significant transition of power to the commission".

He told the Beeb: "The decision on whether or not to criminalise offences in Britain should be a matter for Britain, not for the EU. We all support penalties against environmental vandals but this sets an alarming precedent."

The draft proposal would see sentences of between one and three years handed out for offences related to the transfer, treatment, and dumping of waste. For intentional breaches of the law, offenders could be looking at 10 years in a cell, and a fine of up to €750,000. ®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
Mozilla's 'Tiles' ads debut in new Firefox nightlies
You can try turning them off and on again
No, thank you. I will not code for the Caliphate
Some assignments, even the Bongster decline must
Banking apps: Handy, can grab all your money... and RIDDLED with coding flaws
Yep, that one place you'd hoped you wouldn't find 'em
TROLL SLAYER Google grabs $1.3 MEEELLION in patent counter-suit
Chocolate Factory hits back at firm for suing customers
Kaspersky backpedals on 'done nothing wrong, nothing to fear' blather
Founder (and internet passport fan) now says privacy is precious
Primetime precrime? Minority Report TV series 'being developed'
I have to know. I have to find out what happened to my life
Ex-IBM CEO John Akers dies at 79
An era disrupted by the advent of the PC
prev story

Whitepapers

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup
Learn why inSync received the highest overall rating from Druva and is the top choice for the mobile workforce.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.