ELI Welcomes the EU’s Regulatory Advances on Protecting the Environment Through Criminal Law


On 16 November 2023, the European Parliament and the Council reached a provisional agreement on the Directive on the protection of the environment through criminal law.

The proposal for the above Directive was analysed in the ELI Report on Ecocide, which was published earlier this year and which aimed at providing guidance for inter-institutional negotiations at EU level. To this end, ELI developed a Model Directive, which was closely based on the European Commission’s initial proposal, with new Articles 3, 4, 5, 7 and 11. New definitions were also inserted into Article 2.

ELI welcomes the recent developments at EU level, which will serve to strengthen environmental protection through criminal law measures.

More information about the provisional agreement is available here.

To watch ELI’s webinar on its Report on Ecocide, click here.